Israeli space scientist hurt in riot dies of injuries

An 84-year-old man who once headed Israel’s space agency on Sunday died of injuries sustained during riots that erupted across the country last month, hospital officials said.

Avi Har-Even was hospitalized after suffering burns and smoke inhalation when an Arab mob torched the hotel he was staying at last month in the northern Israeli town of Acre.

Har-Even held a number of senior posts in Israel’s aerospace sector before serving as head of the Israel space Agency from 1995 to 2004, according to a statement released by his family. He later worked as a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

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