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Kibbutz shooting devastates father

From Matthew Chance
CNN

Stricken with grief, Avi Ohayoun is supported by relatives.
Stricken with grief, Avi Ohayoun is supported by relatives.

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KIBBUTZ METZER, Israel (CNN) -- Residents of Kibbutz Metzer expressed shock and anguish Monday as they gathered to bury a victim of Sunday's terror attack that left five people dead -- including two children who were killed in their beds by a Palestinian gunman.

Funeral services were held Monday for Yitzhak Dori, 44, who was secretary of the kibbutz. He was on his way to help protect others in the kibbutz when he was shot down.

The youngest victims were Avi Ohayoun's two sons, Matan, 5, and Noam, 4.

"My God, they killed a child with a pacifier," Ohayoun screamed.

Their mother, his ex-wife, Revital Ohayoun, 34, was reading the children a bedtime story when the gunman burst in. She tried to protect them, but the gunman shot and killed all three of them.

The family had come to the kibbutz just three months ago in hopes of escaping the violence plaguing the rest of Israel.

The gunman also killed Tirza Damari, 42, of Elchin before slipping back beneath the fence where a car was waiting to drive him away.

Kibbutz Metzer is a collective village near the pre-1967 border with the West Bank.

Its members historically campaigned for peace and tolerance between Israelis and the Palestinians. Many support the dismantling of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories.

The kibbutz also had good relations with its Palestinian neighbors, many of whom offered their condolences after the shooting.

Revital Ohayoun and her sons Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, were killed in Sunday's attack.
Revital Ohayoun and her sons Matan, 5, and Noam, 4, were killed in Sunday's attack.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a military offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement that has carried out numerous attacks against military targets and civilians in Israel and in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Arafat condemned the killings and said he was setting up a committee to investigate. Israeli leaders have condemned the attack and said they would respond.



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