A 70-year-old Israeli farmer found beaten today by Palestinian suspects has succumbed to his wounds and died.
David Bar-Kapara, a humble farmer in the rural Rehovot area of central Israel, was found in a field near Pedaya this afternoon Israeli time, in serious condition but responsive. His body was visibly beaten, and authorities were able to quickly put together a synopsis of the attack from eye witness accounts.
Bar-Kapar was taken to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, where he died just hours later.
Two Palestinian suspects, who entered the country illegally, were seen fleeing the scene. Authorities are currently searching for the men. The Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, is already on the ground. A major aim at the moment is figuring out whether or not the attack was terror-based.
A strong odor of pesticide was detected at the scene, though it has not been determined yet whether the chemical poison was used in the attack.
Entry regulations in and out of Israel are currently loosened to allow Palestinian residents on the border into the nation to visit relatives or pray during the Ramadan holiday. However, recent rockets out of Gaza saw Israel tighten those privileges. It remains to be seen how today’s attack might affect those restrictions.