A man was badly hurt in a mortar attack in the Eshkol region on Thursday while he was shielding children with his body.
The incident occurred during a direct hit on a kibbutz in one of the southern communities at 10:20 a.m.
MDA paramedic Oren Vacht, who treated the man before his evacuation to a hospital, described him as having been hit in the chest by a shell fragment, “fully conscious and in great pain.”
“Civilians who had been at the scene told us that he did not make it to the protected space in time, and was hurt by shrapnel when he lay down on children who were near him, to protect them with his body,” Vacht said.
Damage was reported to buildings but no one else was injured.