14-year-old Asher Hazut from Be’er Sheva was critically injured when the lightning hit him and four other family members as they took a Sukkot trip to Zikim beach; his sister-in-law in serious condition and three others moderately hurt

A 14-year-old boy from Be’er Sheva died Wednesday of injuries sustained a day earlier in a lightning strike near Ashkelon.

Asher Hazut and four of his family members were badly injured on Tuesday afternoon when the lightning hit Zikim Beach as the family was enjoying the Sukkot break.

Asher Hazut
Asher Hazut


The five were rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where doctors battled in vain to save his life.

His 21-year-old sister-in-law was seriously hurt, and three other family members aged 24, 17 and 13 suffered moderate injuries.

Asher Hazut, center, with family members
Asher Hazut, center, with family members


Officials at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon said Wednesday that their condition significantly improved overnight.

“Our boys went out for the holiday,” said Asher’s mother earlier Wednesday. “When the thunderstorm began, they were getting ready to go back home and then the lightning hit them.”

She said that the electric shock Asher suffered from the lightning had damaged all his body’s vital systems.

“We are a people of faith who work as teachers in religious institutions, and we understand that we could not have anticipated something like this,” she added.

“This case proves to us how small a human is when faced with the powers of nature.”

As reported by Ynetnews