Israel Confirms First Death as Palestinian Toll Nears 200

Smoke from rockets fired from Gaza City are seen after being launched toward Israel, on July 15, 2014.

A 38-year-old Israeli man was killed by a Hamas rocket, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.
The death marks the country’s first casualty in Israel's latest round of conflict with Hamas, which is now in its second week. Nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded in Israeli airstrikes that targeted alleged members of Hamas.
The Israeli man was hit by shrapnel near Israel's Erez border crossing with Gaza and died from his wounds. Israeli Rescue Services described the man as “an Israeli volunteer who was at the Erez border crossing to deliver food to soldiers” to CNN.

Video posted to the YouTube channel operated by the Militant wing of Hamas shows the victim, who was reportedly a Chabad rabbi volunteer distributing food to soldiers, being wheeled into the hospital.

Hamas claimed responsibility for launching the short-range rocket, Al-Jazeera reports.
The death comes on the heels of a collapsed cease-fire deal between the two sides. Senior Hamas officials rejected the proposal, which Egypt presented on Monday, saying they weren't consulted.

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