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Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon.

A young 14-year-old teen who was struck by lightning Tuesday on the Zikim beach has passed away.

Five Family Members Hurt in Lightning Strike at Zikim Beach


The boy, Asher Chaim Hazut z’l, was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after receiving first aid from Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene. Doctors at the hospital fought to keep him alive, but the boy succumbed within 24 hours.

Four additional family members — a 21-year-old sister-in-law and three family members ages 24, 17 and 13 — were also injured by the lightning bolt, and they too remain hospitalized in serious and fair condition at the hospital.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.