The regional council head of Sha’ar HaNegev, a sister metropolis of San Diego, was among the many victims Saturday when Israel was attacked by Hamas militants.
Ofir Liebstein, was killed throughout combating with Hamas terrorists, based on experiences in Israeli media.
The Sha’ar HaNegev area, dwelling to 7,000 folks, borders Gaza. The city of Sderot within the area was among the many areas struck.
In a sudden assault that shocked Israel, hundreds of rockets had been fired, whereas Hamas gunmen crossed into border villages, killed dozens of individuals and introduced hostages again into the Gaza Strip. At the very least 100 Israelis had been killed.
Reuters reported that civilians lay strewn throughout a freeway in Sderot, surrounded by damaged glass. A girl and a person had been sprawled out useless throughout the entrance seats of a automobile.
Israel responded with large air strikes deep contained in the coastal enclave, killing scores and wounding a whole bunch of individuals and vowing unprecedented retaliation.
“Our enemy pays a worth the kind of which it has by no means recognized,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated. “We’re in a warfare and we’ll win it”.
President Biden stated on Saturday the USA was prepared to supply “all acceptable technique of assist” to Israel after the assault and warned “every other celebration hostile to Israel” to not search benefit.
“Our pricey good friend, Mayor Ofir Libstein was killed in a gun battle with Hamas terrorists early this morning. We’re devastated by this loss,” the federation stated.
The Jewish Federation of San Diego issued an announcement condemning the “horrific assault by Hamas” and the loss of life of Libstein.
“He was a rare companion and good friend to the 2 of us and to the San Diego Jewish group. He died bravely defending not simply his household and his kibbutz, but additionally Israel and the Jewish folks.”
Reuters contributed to this text.