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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Seven Eight People Killed in Jerusalem Bus Attack

Suicide bomber on Bus #14 at north end of Emek Rafaim Street, German Colony neighborhood

At least 57 wounded
JPost: At least seven people were killed and 62 people were wounded in a suicide bombing on a bus Sunday in the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Six men and one woman were killed in the deadly attack. Two of the victims are teenagers, Israel Radio reported.

Lior Azulay, 18, from Jerusalem was identified as one of the victims in the attack. Azulay will be laid to rest at 4:30 P.M. at the Givat Shaul cemetery.

St. Sgt. Netanel Habshush, 20, from Jerusalem was also killed in the attack. Habshush will be laid to rest Sunday at 8:15 at the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery.

Yonaton Zuckerman Binayahu, 18, of Jerusalem was also identified. He will be laid to rest at 5pm at Har Tamir cemetery.

Yuval Uzana, 29, of Jerusalem, will be buried at 8:00 this evening.

Ten of the wounded were reported to be in serious or critical condition.

The explosion took place while the bus was standing at a street light outside the Liberty Bell Park, near the Sonol gas station near Emek Refaim.

According to the initial police investigation, the bomber boarded the bus in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem while carrying a bag containing five kilograms of explosives.

Al-Aksa Brigades claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem sucide bombing on Sunday, which took place one day before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague is scheduled to begin hearings over the West Bank security fence, Army Radio reported.

Al-Manar TV in Lebanon identifed the bomber as Muhammad Za'al [may he rot in hell and his name be erased], from the Bethlehem area, a member of the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz scheduled a meeting Sunday night to discuss Israel's reaction to the deadly attack. Prime Minister Sharon maintained a stone-faced silence at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday morning. . .
See also AFP: Palestinians confident ahead of ICJ hearing.

A wounded woman is assisted by a member of the
rescue personnel from the scene of a suicide bombing
attack in a Jerusalem bus, Sunday Feb. 22, 2004.


Maariv: Kol Israel Radio reports that dozens of al-Aqsa Brigades? terrorists were firing shots in the air and handing out candy in the streets of Jenin to celebrate today?s bus bombing in Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva: PA officials have declared tomorrow a "Day of Rage" in honor of the hearings at the Hague.
May all those who mourn be comforted. . .