Famous Israeli football player shot by Hamas terrorists at a festival near Gaza Strip
Famous Israeli footballer Lior Asulin was killed in a Hamas terrorist attack on October 7. The 43-year-old ex-forward and his friends were celebrating his birthday at a music festival in Kibbutz Re'im near the town of Ofakim, 30 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. According to Ynet, Asulin stopped communicating after the attack, and his death was confirmed on October 8.
Asulin played a major role in the early 2000s in the Premier League and was one of the best strikers in the league at the time. He scored a total of 88 goals in 284 matches in Israel's top flight. He started his career at Maccabi Herzliya, then played for Bnei Sakhnin, where he was part of its historic State Cup victory.
Then he played for two years for Beitar Jerusalem (scored 15 goals in the 2004/05 season, the second highest scorer) and Bnei Yehuda (the second highest scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals in the 2006 season). At the peak of his career, he was invited to Marseille for a trial, but ultimately continued to play in the Israeli Premier League.
Assulin also played for Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, and Hapoel Petah Tikva (whom he helped to reach the Premier League). In his last seasons, he played mostly in lower leagues until he retired from football.
Israeli football clubs expressed condolences over the death of the famous athlete.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, thousands of Israelis from all over the country, mostly aged 20 to 40, came to the music festival in Kibbutz Re'im.
A few hours after the attack by Arab terrorists began, a video appeared online showing festival participants trying to escape.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, on October 7, Hamas terrorists carried out an unprecedented attack on Israel. At the time of publication of this news, more than 600 civilians and security forces were killed.
The Ministry of Health also confirms that the number of wounded in hospitals has reached 2048. Dozens of people are in critical condition, and another 330 are seriously injured.
An unknown number of people were abducted by militants in southern Israel and taken to the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian terrorists targeted Israeli civilians. Horrific footage of dead civilians was posted on social media. Arab militants also mocked the bodies of the dead.