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Mum of two British-Israeli sisters killed in horror gun attack dies in hospital

Lucy Dee, mother of two British-Israeli sisters who were killed in a gun attack in the occupied West Bank, has died in hospital.

Her daughters Maia, 20, and Rina Dee, 16, were killed after being gunned down on Friday in an attack in the Palestinian region, Hadassah-University Medical Center reported on Monday afternoon.

"48-year-old Lucy Dee was evacuated by helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem in critical condition, where the teams fought for her life over the past few days, in the trauma unit, the operating room and the intensive care unit where she was treated," the hospital's announcement stated.

"Unfortunately, despite intensive and unceasing efforts, due to her fatal injury, the team had to determine her death today."

At their funeral yesterday, Rabbi Leo Dee - the girl's dad and Lucy's husband - spoke of his "beautiful angels".

In a separate interview detailing the events leading up to the tragedy, Leo, 51, said he discovered his beloved daughters were killed after a relative called to ask if he was aware of a shooting and to check if the family was okay.

At the time he did not know, but when Mr Dee tried to call his wife and two daughters, there was no answer.

The daughters were named by Benjamin Netanyahu with the surname Zakharan.

He then turned on a Google tracking device that allows parents to follow their children's mobile phones.

After reaching the Hamra settlement, located 30 miles north of Jerusalem, he saw his wife Lucy being airlifted from their car that had been shot at and realised his daughters had died.

The three women were travelling to the Sea of Galilee for a family holiday from their home near Jerusalem.

Relatives grieving the death of Rina and Maia (AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Dee, who quit his job as an investment banker to become a rabbi and move to Israel around 2005, said the family feels "diminished" after his daughters died.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "My daughters were friends of each other as well as sisters. Now we are diminished. Maia was doing national service in the south, and was passionate about helping others. Rina is what you would call an A* pupil. We were proud of them.

"My wife's condition is very serious. We are praying, and people around the world are praying, that she will get better."

The Israeli Army launched a manhunt for the perpetrators (AFP via Getty Images)

The family are thought to have lived in a settlement close to Bethlehem.

The two sisters were described as "beautiful, kind and happy young women" by some friends.

The attack came amid tensions on multiple fronts, including Gaza, Lebanon, occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Friends described the sisters as "beautiful, kind and happy young women" (AFP via Getty Images)

On Monday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said two citizens were killed by Israeli forces during a military raid in the city of Nablus.

For two nights in a row, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, attacking Palestinians who had gathered for Ramadan prayers.

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