31-year-old Indian national killed in Islamist terrorist attack in Israel

Pat Nibin Maxwell had arrived in Israel two months ago and was working cultivating an orchard at the time of the missile strike.

The Israeli Embassy in India has confirmed that one Indian national was killed and two more Indians were injured in a terror attack by Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah along the border with Lebanon in Northern Israel on Monday.

The deceased Indian national has been identified as Pat Nibin Maxwell, a 31-year-old man from Kerala.

As per information, Mr Maxwell had arrived in Israel two months ago and was working cultivating an orchard at the time of the missile strike.

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In its statement, the Israeli embassy in India said:

“Our countries, who are sadly well versed in civilian loss, stand united in hopes of a speedy recovery for the injured and solace for the family of the bereaved.”

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shia Islamist group, is a proscribed terrorist organisation. It is the largest Islamist terrorist force in Lebanon and is attacking Israel in support of Hamas in Gaza.

According to the Israel Defence Forces, at least 10 rockets were fired from Lebanon at the Western Galilee. It is reported that some of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system of Israel.

Keeping in mind the Islamist terrorism in the region, Indian government has issued an advisory for Indians, asking them to move to safer areas in Israel.

Mr Maxwell’s older brother is also in Israel for work. He is survived by his five-year-old daughter and a wife who is expecting a second child. 

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The two injured Indian nationals, also from Kerala, have been identified as Bush Joseph Georg and  Paul Melvin.

The Israel-Hamas war has raged on for nearly five months after the October 7 brutal Islamist attacks on Israel. 

A team of United Nations experts has accepted that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, occurred during the Hamas-led attack on Israel on October 7.

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