The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) mourned the death of six-year-old Ido Avigal, a child in the southern border town of Sderot in Israel who was killed Wednesday in the arms of his mother when a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists hit his building.
Israel’s Army Radio reported that Avigal’s family had taken shelter in their apartment’s “safe room,” which Israeli homes have in case of attacks. But shrapnel from a rocket penetrated the window, killing Ido and injuring his mother and sister.
The Times of Israel reported:
The young boy who was critically wounded by a rocket strike in Sderot earlier has died.
Five-year-old [sic] Ido Avigal succumbed to his injuries after rocket shrapnel entered the family’s fortified room through the window, in circumstances that remain unclear.
Avigal’s mother and seven-year-old sister were both hurt as well. They are currently hospitalized.
The IDF tweeted Thursday:
This is Ido.
He loved the Ninja Turtles, his parents, and life.
Yesterday, Ido was killed when a rocket from Gaza struck his home in Israel. He was only 6 years old.
May his memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/UHmjglaJzQ
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
In the photo provided by the IDF, young Ido is dressed in what appears to be a costume for the recent Jewish holiday of Purim, which was observed in February, surrounded by Biblical figures from the story, with a castle behind him.
Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted his condolences, adding: “This is a vile murder committed by the terrorist organization Hamas. They paid a heavy price and they will pay a heavy price.”
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