Photo Credit: Fire & Rescue Deparment
Home of Naomi Pearlman in Ashkelon that was hit by Hamas rocket. May 2021

Naomi Perlman, a 91-year-old Holocaust Survivor, who was seriously injured in May when rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip hit her home in Ashkelon, succumbed to her wounds and passed away over the weekend.

Perlman was survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Her family says that she suffered greatly since the injury. She was initially hospitalized in Barzilai Hospital and later transferred to a nursing home, conscience at times, with deep shrapnel wounds in her body, and in recent days her condition deteriorated.

Naomi Pearlman, z”l   Photo courtesy the family

With Perlman’s death, the number of Israelis killed by Hamas attacks on the country during Operation Guardian of the Walls increased to 13, including Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib of the Nahal Brigade and three foreign workers, one of whom was Perlman’s caregiver, an Indian citizen who was killed by the rocket.

The IDF’s counter-terrorism campaign began on May 10 with a Hamas rocket attack on Jerusalem. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad fired almost 4,400 rockets at Israel.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded by hitting 1,500 terror targets across the Gaza Strip during the 11-day operation, marking the IDF’s largest strike since Operation Protective Edge 2014. The IDF also neutralized hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.

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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.