Mother of British-Israeli sisters shot dead in West Bank dies in hospital

Lucy Dee, 45, pictured with her daughters, was in a coma after the shooting. Credit: Twitter/@IsraelinUK

The mother of two British-Israeli sisters killed in an attack in the West Bank on Friday has died in hospital from her injuries.

Lucy Dee's death comes a day after the funeral for her daughters Rina, 15, and Maia, 20, with all three having been described as “idealistic, pure-hearted and kind”.

Mrs Dee, 45, was seriously injured in the attack on their car near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on Friday.

As her daughters were laid to rest, their father Rabbi Leo Dee, said he didn't know what to tell their mother should she wake up from her coma.

But today, Israel's Hadassah hospital announced that Mrs Dee had died as a result of her injuries.

Maia and Rina were killed in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank. Credit: PA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the British Jewish community have expressed their condolences to the family.

Mr Netanyahu posted on Twitter: “On behalf of all the citizens of Israel, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Dee family on the death of the mother of the family, the late Leah (Lucy), who was murdered in the severe attack in the Bekaa last Friday, along with her two daughters Maya and the late Rina.” The Board of Deputies of British Jews posted: “Our hearts go out to the Dee family at the terrible news that Lucy Dee has now also passed away after the Palestinian terror attack on Friday that killed two of her daughters, Maia and Rina. May their memories be for eternal blessing.”

Mrs Dee's husband, Rabbi Leo Dee, was formerly the senior rabbi at Radlett United Synagogue in Hertfordshire and assistant rabbi in Hendon, north London. The sisters were born in London, before the family moved to Israel in 2014, according to The Telegraph. The Radlett United Synagogue released a statement to the PA news agency saying: “The Radlett Jewish community is devastated at the terrible news of Rebbetzen Lucy Dee’s passing, in addition to the deaths of her and Rabbi Leo Dee’s daughters, Maia and Rina.

Mourners at the funeral of the two British-Israeli sisters Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg/AP

“The community greatly admired the inspiring Dee family during their time at Radlett. Lucy and her daughters were idealistic, pure-hearted and kind. “We and the world have been robbed of their presence, but their light can never be extinguished. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Rabbi Leo and his children, Keren, Tali and Yehudah.” The family lived in the Efrat settlement, near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, according to the settlement’s mayor Oded Revivi. The three family members were amongst six people caught up in the attack carried out by Palestinian assailants.

Mourners were united in grief at Sunday's ceremony in the Jewish settlement of Kfar Etzion. Credit: AP

The family were travelling in one of three cars on their way to Tiberias in the Galilee for a family holiday. Rabbi Dee told the BBC that he heard news of the attack without realising his own family were involved and only found out when they did not answer the phone and he drove to the scene and was shown his daughter’s ID card. In footage from the funeral, broadcast on Sky News, Rabbi Dee said: “Maia and Rina, you have loved us, you have inspired us, and in turn we will love you forever. “May your souls be bound in the bond of eternal life. And may we, and no-one else in the world, ever know so much sorrow.”

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