Soumya Santosh Family: Israeli President Reuvan Rivlin spoke to the family of Soumya Santosh, a caregiver professional who assisted an old woman in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Soumya Santosh was killed on May 11 when a rocket fired from Gaza hit the house she was working in.
Santosh, 30, hailed from the district of Idukki in Kerala was talking to her husband on a video call when the rocket crashed directly over the house where she worked. She was a caregiver professional to an old woman who lived in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
The rocket was fired from Gaza on May 11 killing Santosh. The 80-year-old woman survived the crash and was hospitalised. The pair could not make it to the rocket shelter in time. Soumya’s remains were sent to India in a specially arranged flight on May 14 which arrived at her house the next day.
Israeli President, on Wednesday, spoke to the family of the deceased caregiver and expressed his condolences. He hoped that her husband finds “comfort” in the service she provided to the people and also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India for supporting Israel in his tweet.
On behalf of the State of #Israel and its people I told Soumya Santosh's husband Santhosh I hope he finds comfort in the love, the generosity and the kindheartedness she gave to others in need.
I thank PM @narendramodi
and the people of #India for their support for Israel.
— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) May 21, 2021
Santosh was living and working in Israel for the last seven years. She left her son, who is 9-year-old, with her husband back in India.
Israeli Ambassador Dr Ron Malka also expressed his regards to the family when he spoke to them last week.
“I just spoke to the family of Ms Soumya Santosh, the victim of the Hamas terrorist strike. I expressed my sorrow for their unfortunate loss & extended my condolences on behalf of the state of Israel. The whole country is mourning her loss & we are here for them,” Malka tweeted.
He said that the incident reminded him of Moshe who lost his parents in the 26/11 attacks as he feels deeply about the 9-year-old son who lost his mother in the rocket attack by Palestinian militants.