Israeli sisters killed in gunfire buried

KFAR ETZION, West Financial institution, April 9 (Reuters) – The household of two Israeli sisters killed in a capturing assault within the occupied West Financial institution held tearful obituaries on Sunday with a room stuffed with weeping mourners whereas their wounded mom was left in a coma.

Maia and Rina Dee, 20 and 15, who had been additionally British residents, died on Friday when a suspected Palestinian gunman shot their automobile. Israeli forces are nonetheless making an attempt to trace down the attacker.

The sisters’ father, Leo, broke down in tears as he addressed the gang gathered within the Jewish settlement of Kfar Etzion for the funeral.

He recalled the Passover now celebrated and the story of the biblical exodus of the Jews from Egyptian slavery to freedom.

“The journey to salvation is a gradual one—three steps ahead and two steps again. And Maia and Rina, together with your loss, our world has taken two steps backwards,” he stated, stretching out an arm in direction of their mendacity our bodies wrapped in material. “You impressed us, you really liked us, and we are going to love you perpetually.”

Her sister Keren complained that she couldn’t shield her youthful sister.

“I might do something to be in your home within the automobile,” she stated.

After a yr of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence, tensions are notably excessive as Ramadan and Passover coincide. Hours after the sisters’ deaths, an Italian vacationer was killed in a ramming assault in Tel Aviv.

The assaults elevated Israeli-Palestinian tensions following Israeli police raids on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque final week.

A minimum of 18 Israelis and foreigners have been killed in assaults in Israel, round Jerusalem and the West Financial institution for the reason that starting of the yr. Throughout the identical interval, Israeli forces have killed greater than 80 Palestinians, most of them fighters in militant teams however a few of them civilians.

Reporting by Ilan Rosenberg, Dedi Hayoun and Ari Rabinovitch; Enhancing by Philippa Fletcher

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