A 30-year-old Indian woman, Soumya Santosh, who hailed from Kerala’s Idukki district, was killed in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from Gaza. She worked as a caregiver attending to an old woman at a house in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.
Expressing his grief over the tragedy, Ambassador of Israel to India, Ron Malka said : just spoke to the family of Soumya Santosh, victim of Hamas terrorist strike. I expressed my sorrow for their unfortunate loss & extended my condolences on behalf of Israel. My heart goes out to her 9-yr-old son, Adon who has lost his mother at such a young age & will have to grow up without her. This evil attack reminds me of little Moses, who lost his parents during 2008 Mumbai attacks. May God give them strength & courage.
I just spoke to the family of Soumya Santosh, victim of Hamas terrorist strike. I expressed my sorrow for their unfortunate loss & extended my condolences on behalf of Israel. The whole country is mourning her loss & we are here for them: Ambassador of Israel to India, Ron Malka pic.twitter.com/5SHmQixtNU
— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2021
Ashkelon, which borders the Gaza Strip, has come under a massive fire from the Palestinian militants.
Santosh was said to be living in Israel for the last seven years. She has a nine-year-old son whom she had left with her husband in Kerala.
Her 80-year-old elderly charge is said to have survived the direct hit on the house and is hospitalised in a serious condition, local media reports said. The deadly rocket attack directly struck the house of the elderly woman.
Meanwhile, MEA too reacted to the death of Santosh with reacted MoS V Muraleedharaan External affairs tweeting his condolences
Spoke with the family of Ms Soumya Santhosh to convey my deep condolences at her tragic demise during the rocket attacks from Gaza today. Assured all possible assistance.
We have condemned these attacks and the violence in Jerusalem, and urged restraint by both sides.
— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) May 11, 2021
According to media reports, At least 31 people were killed in spiralling violence till 9 pm (local time) on Tuesday as Gaza-based militants fired hundreds of rockets on Israel since Monday evening.