Father of Five, Killed in Morag Terrorist Attack
(IFM) Gideon Rivlin, a 50-year-old Israeli father of five, was
killed and three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded when
an explosion set off by Islamic Jihad occurred near an Israeli
army jeep patrolling along the hothouses of Morag, a Jewish town
in south Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reported.
was a private contractor who worked for the Gaza Regional Council
as well as the security establishment. He was in the midst of
constructing a security fence near the hothouses of Morag when
the explosion occurred. Rivlin was a father of five who moved
to Gush Katif in 1978.
Nir, his oldest
child, gave the following account to Israel Radio: "This
morning, like every morning, we went to work, my father and I.
I was supposed to start working in Morag tomorrow and I asked
him what the security situation was there. He said he was already
on the way there to check on it. I was on my way out of the Gush
[Katif], when I heard that there was an explosion in Morag. I
turned around and started heading in that direction. I tried to
reach him on the cell phone, but he didn’t answer me. When I got
to Morag, I waited for the wounded to be evacuated, and he was
not among them."
claimed responsibility for the attack, saying two of its members
set off an explosion and were killed in a gun battle with troops.
two senior Hamas fugitives were killed in a gun battle with security
forces in Karwat Bani Zeid, northeast of Ramallah.