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Sunday, July 11, 2004

OUT OF WORDS


Sgt. Mayan Naim, a 19-year-old female soldier in the IDF, was killed this morning. May her family and friends be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.





Arutz Sheva: Sgt. Mayan Naim, a 19-year-old female soldier, was killed this morning, and close to 30 people were wounded, in a Palestinian terror attack in southern Tel Aviv. Four people are in moderate-to-serious condition. A "small-to-moderate" explosive device had been planted adjacent to a bus stop on Har Tzion Blvd., near Tel Aviv's old central bus station. When city bus line #26 passed by shortly after 7 AM, the bomb was detonated, apparently by remote control, wounding both pedestrians and bus passengers.

One woman was critically wounded and died en route to the hospital. Another pregnant woman was rushed to Ichilov hospital's operating room for emergency surgery.

Albina Natayev, 23, a security guard riding the bus on her way to work, described the immediate aftermath of the blast:
"The door [of the bus] was destroyed, and the windows were blown out. Everyone was in panic. People fainted and others were shouting, 'run away!' The bus driver also shouted that we should get out. I told him to open the door, which he did, and then we all fled from the bus. I saw people outside with metal fragments in their eyes; others outside had fainted, because the blast originated from outside the bus. Many people were running in all directions. One woman covered in blood came to me for help. She was in much worse condition that I was."

Others described how many people ran towards the area of the attack immediately after the blast in order to offer help. The emergency services also arrived on the scene very quickly, according to eyewitnesses.

This morning's attack was the first of its kind in the Tel Aviv area in over six months. Last December, three soldiers and a citizen were killed when a suicide terrorist blew himself up at a bus stop under the Geha Junction overpass.

One lightly hurt victim of the blast was an Arab citizen living in Jaffa, who declared emphatically afterwards on Voice of Israel radio: "I was against the [security] fence, but now I am for it, and I will start a society in favor of it. If the terrorists can get even me, an Arab from Jaffa, then there is really no other solution..."




Former British foreign secretary Robin Cook
signs his name on a mock security fence in
London on Friday, in protest of the barrier.
Photo: AP