A man in Israel’s southern district was seriously injured Thursday by shrapnel from a Hamas rocket after he used his own body to shield children from the blast.
Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical services, helped treat the 33-year-old man who was hit by shrapnel in the chest, according to israelnationalnews.com.
The community in the Eshkol region near Gaza was attacked at around 10:20 a.m. by Hamas militants. A barrage of rockets hit a cowshed and a kindergarten, among other areas.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.
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More than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed in attacks since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in July, according to the Associated Press. The majority of people killed are believed to be civilians.
Oren Vacht, an MDA paramedic, said that the man injured Thursday was conscious and in pain as medical teams transported him to a hospital.
"Civilians who had been at the scene told us that he did not make it to the protected space in time, and was hurt by shrapnel when he lay down on children who were near him, to protect them with his body,” Vacht said.
Source: israelnationalnews.com, Associated Press