The Israel-Palestine conflict has already hit the headline of most newspapers and the media. What came up today is something new. A woman of Indian origin has been reported dead in the conflict. The body has been found in Ashkelon of Israel, as written by the WION. The name of the woman was registered to be Soumya Santosh. She spoke to her husband in a video call while a Hamas rocket fell on the residence where she lived. Her family lives in Idukki, Kerala, India, while she worked in Israel as a caregiver to an older woman.
How did the incident get media coverage?
Soumya’s husband heard a loud sound during the video call, and the call got disconnected after that. This made him worried about his wife’s condition. He thus made a call to the Malayees he knew were working there and came to know about the death of his wife. She was the daughter of a former panchayat member of Kanjikuzhy, thus leading to a bit of publicity. Ron Malka, Israel’s ambassador to India, took the matter as a possible concern and made a tweet. He also extended his condolences to Soumya’s family, mainly her 9-year old son, and said how terrifying the situation is in Israel. Mani C Kappan, an MLA of Kerela, also posted on Facebook, discussing how the Keralites living in Israel are being petrified and how their lives are in danger. All these got quick social media coverage, and the matter got immense attention.
Discussions surrounding the matter:
With this matter coming to the limelight, several internal issues also got covered. The rocket is studied to have fallen directly on the house where the older woman and Soumya lived. They could not find any protected area, thus leading to both getting injured and Soumya even dying. This led to the conversation about the city’s protection. The mayor has agreed that almost 25% of the houses in the town are not protected, and the people cannot find any protected region nearby. All these lead to a higher risk of loss of life.
All these need to be handled soon; at least the officials need to take a look at the safety of the people and do something regarding the same.