It is with heavy hearts that we must report on the passing of the premature child who was delivered in the wake of Sunday's terrorist shooting north of Jerusalem. Arutz Sheva's Gary Willig reports on the baby's death, and on the heartbroken responses to this senseless murder from around the Holy Land:
The baby who was delivered prematurely after his mother was critically wounded in a shooting attack at the Ofra Junction on Sunday has died, Shaare Tzedek Medical Center announced on Wednesday.
"We regretfully announce the death of Shira and Amichai's child four days after the attack, despite the efforts of the medical doctors to save him," the hospital said in a statement.
Shira Ish-Ran was shot in the lower abdomen. Doctors were forced to perform C-Section to deliver her child at 30 weeks. Both mother and child fought for their lives over the week. The child's father, Amichai, was shot three times in the attack but was not in mortal danger from his wounds.
Shira's condition had improved and she had been asking about her baby. A few hours ago, she was able to see her child for the first time...
Education Minister Naftali Bennett stated: "A Jewish baby who has not yet been named has been murdered. Palestinian terrorists shot an unborn child; and he was born out of the fire. His short life was spent in the struggle for his life. Our hearts with Amichai and Shira. The heart cries out."
"This is the low-life murder carried out by terrorists who have stopped being afraid of us. The lost deterrence must be restored. Otherwise a wave of murders is on the way. Not by declarations, by deeds..."