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Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | 23rd of Tevet, 5730 | כ״ג בטבת תש״ל
Shahar Melamed, 43 of Kibbutz Nirim was killed on August 26, 2014 and Ze’ev Etzion 55 was also killed. Four were wounded in a mortar attack from Gaza, just one hour before a ceasefire went into effect on Aug 26, 2014
Shortly before 6 pm, while a team was repairing the electricity line damaged earlier, a mortar barrage was directed at the kibbutz. Shahar Melamed along withZe’ev Etzion (the security head of Kibbutz Nirim) accompanied the team of electricians. Ze’ev was killed.
Shahar mortally wounded, died several hours later at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.
Shahar was a father of 3, a devoted family man, was born on Kibbutz Nirim.
He was responsible for the irrigation of the kibbutz field crops and as a former security head, also played an active part in maintaining security of the kibbutz.
According to their friends, Shahar and Ze’ev were mainstays of the kibbutz who remained there with their families during the difficult period of rocket and mortar fire.
“Throughout the operation in Gaza, they were everywhere, responding to every appeal from kibbutz members. Their death is a very painful loss.”
The fatal attack came just as the Palestinian Authority (PA) claimed that Israel had agreed to a long-term ceasefire.
Shahar Melamed was buried in the Kibbutz Nirim cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Anat and their three children: Shahaf, Einav and Gefen.
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