Two More Israelis Killed by Gaza Rockets

IDF Soldier and Civilian Slain as Peace Talks Continue

By Reuters

Published November 20, 2012.

Two more Israelis were killed by rockets from Gaza, raising to five the Israeli death toll in the weeklong conflict, officials said.

An Israeli soldier and a civilian died when rockets exploded near the Gaza frontier, police and the army said.

Haaretz reported that the soldier killed earlier today in mortar attack on western Negev was Yosef Partok, 18. A civilian also killed in mortar attack on Eshkol Regional Council, the paper said.

Five other soldiers stationed on the kibbutz on the Israel-Gaza border were injured in the attack, the Times of Israel reported.

The casualties marked the fourth and fifth Israeli deaths of the conflict. Three residents of the southern town of Kiryat Malachi died in a rocket strike on their home on Thursday.

Partok grew up in a Haredi family in the West Bank settlement of Emmanuel, the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Shabbat reported.

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