Gaza missile kills elderly Israeli woman

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 |  by Staff Writer  

An Iranian-supplied Katyusha missile fired by Palestinian forces from the northern Gaza Strip killed a 70-year-old Israeli woman in southern Israel on Monday evening.

Shuli Katz had driven to Moshav Yesha to visit her sister who was visiting from America and who refused to come to Shuli's home in a kibbutz near the southern coastal city of Ashkelon because it had been hit by too many Palestinian rockets.

Moshav Yesha lies nearly 10 miles from Gaza, putting it out of range of the more frequently used locally-produced Kassam rockets.

The missile struck just feet from Katz as she and her son exited their vehicle after arriving at their destination. Katz's 50-year-old son was unharmed in the attack, but will bear the scares of having watched his mother die a brutal death.

Katz leaves behind three other children and five grandchildren.

Her death was the second fatality caused by Gaza rocket crews in less than three days, increasing calls for the government to authorize a crushing military response. But government spokesmen said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was intent on pursuing the possibility of an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza, even though the terrorists have shot down every one of Israel's conditions.

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