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Who was Patnibin Maxwell, Indian national killed in Israel amid Hezbollah attack?

ByVaishnawi Sinha
Mar 05, 2024 12:27 PM IST

An Indian national hailing from Kerala was killed by a Hezbollah attack in Israel on Monday, in the middle of the Israel-Hamas war.

An Indian national hailing from Kerala was killed during a Hezbollah missile strike on Israel. Patnibin Maxwell, a local of Kerala's Kollam district, was killed by an anti-missile strike by Lebanon, in an orchard in Israel's northern border of Margaliot. Officials said that at least two others were left injured due to this strike.

Patnibin Maxwell with his family (Facebook)
Patnibin Maxwell with his family (Facebook)

The missile hit a plantation in Margaliot, a moshav (collective agricultural community), in the Galilee region in the north of Israel around 11 am on Monday, Zaki Heller, spokesperson for rescue services Magen David Adom (MDA), told PTI.

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Maxwell was near the orchard when the missile struck the Israeli border. His mortal remains were identified at the Ziv hospital, official sources told PTI. Two others from Kerala - Bush Joseph George, 31, and Paul Melvin, 28 - were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

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Who was Patnibin Maxwell?

Patnibin Maxwell was a 31-year-old man belonging to the Kollam district of Kerala. He had arrived in Israel two months ago on a work contract, and was working in a farm at the time of the attack.

Maxwell is survived by a five-year-old daughter and his wife, who is expecting another child and is seven months pregnant. Maxwell has two other siblings, and his elder brother is also working in Israel.

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His elder brother has reached the northern border of Israel to collect the mortal remains of Patbibin Maxwell. His family has contacted the Indian embassy already and the body should be brought to Kerala in around 4 days.

All three victims of the missile strike were from Kerala, and were working in the plantation near the border.

"George was taken to the Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva after suffering injuries on face and body. He underwent an operation, is recovering well, and has been kept under observation. He could speak with his family in India," an official source told PTI.

Melvin was slightly injured and is hospitalised at Ziv Hospital in the northern Israeli city of Safed. He is from the Idukki district.

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Embassy of Israel in New Delhi said, "We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of one Indian national and the injury of two others due to a cowardly terror attack launched by Shia Terror organisation Hezbollah, on peaceful agriculture workers who were cultivating an orchard at the northern village of Margaliot yesterday early afternoon."

(With inputs from PTI)

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