Victims of Neve Yaakov Terror Attack Named


Friends and family attend the levayah for Eli and Natali Mizrachi, Hy”d, who were murdered in a shooting attack in Neve Yaakov, on Motzoei Shabbos. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

The victims killed in the terror shooting in Yerushalayim’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood on Friday night were identified.

The attack left seven people dead, Hy”d.

The first victims to be named were Eli and Natali Mizrachi, a couple.

Eli’s father, Shimon, said the pair had gone to try and help those who had been shot, and were killed by the terrorist at point-blank range.

Natali was a veteran employee at the Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital, where she was brought to after being shot on Friday night. Her death was declared immediately upon arrival, the hospital said.

The Mizrachis were buried Motzoei Shabbos at the Derech Hachaim cemetery near Beit Shemesh.

The third victim was named as Rafael Ben Eliyahu, 56.

Ben Eliyahu, a resident of the area, was survived by his wife and three children. He worked for Israel Post.

The fourth victim was identified as 14-year-old Asher Natan. The levayah for Natan was held at Har Hazeisim.

The fifth victim was named as 68-year-old Shaul Chai.

Chai was a gabbai at a beit knesset in the neighborhood, but not the one where the attack took place.

According to reports, Chai was killed while heading to a Torah shiur at his beit knesset.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said another of the victims was a Ukrainian citizen, who was later named Irina Korolova.

According to media reports, Korolova worked as a caretaker.

The final victim to be identified was named as 26-year-old Ilya Sosansky.

Another three people were wounded in the attack — one seriously and the other two modestly. Hadassah Hospital said Motzoei Shabbos that the condition of the man who was seriously hurt has improved to moderate.

There were no immediate details on the funerals for the four other victims.

With seven killed, the shooting was the deadliest terror attack since 2011, when terrorists crossed into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing eight Israelis.

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