First Fatality in Operation Protective Edge; Woman Dies After Falling While Running For Cover During Rocket Attack


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candle914Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: 65-year-old Denise Ben-Sheetrit has become the first fatality of Operation Protective Edge.

On Wednesday 11 Tammuz, day two of the military operation, Mrs. Sheetrit fell while running for cover during an attack at 11:00 AM in Ashdod. She got out of the tub and slipped, losing consciousness. She was pronounced dead by emergency responders. This was not reported.

The report is carried exclusively by Rotter News today, which adds here family reports her brother is marrying a daughter today (Thursday) in Ashdod.


(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo: Rotter courtesy of the bereaved family)


  1. It’s wrong to call her a casuallty of Operation Defensive Shield . That would imply she fell only because of the operation . In reality she is a victim of rocket fire by Hamas which started prior to this war and which indeed caused it.

  2. A clarification. The bracha in ALL Nuschaot is: Baruch Dayan HaEmet (HaEmes) or BDH.
    Please get it right and don’t violate the words of Chazal.