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>JN Aug. 10, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 135
Jerusalem Bomb Kills at Least 19
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israeli police said at least 19 people are known dead in a suicide
bomber's attack in Jerusalem. The death toll includes the
Palestinian bomber and, according to CNN, at least six infants.
Jerusalem police said about 90 other people were wounded by the
nail-packed bomb that ripped through a pizza restaurant at one of
the city's busiest intersections shortly before 2 p,m.
The Sharro restaurant was crowded with people on their lunch break.
The scene was chaotic after the blast, with the dead and injured
sprawled over the pavement amid twisted metal and shattered glass.
Israeli police closed off surrounding streets in case more bombs
were in the area.
The suicide bomber positioned himself in the center of a crowd, and
within seconds detonated a powerful charge. Among the wounded were
small children and babies. The powerful blast rocked and showered
the area with shards of glass, metallic fragments and nails.
Eyewitnesses report that they knew immediately the blast was a
terrorist bomb, adding that the sound of the explosion was ear
piercing. The Sbarro Restaurant, on the corner of Jaffa Rd. and
King George St. was totally destroyed in the explosion.
The scene was one of panic and horror. Bodies were strewn all over.
The busy location is just a two-minute walk from the Machane Yehuda
marketplace where thousands make their way to shop for the upcoming
Nechemia, an eyewitness, was in a nearby restaurant and described
what he saw: "I saw a young girl on the ground with blood gushing
from her head and mouth. She signaled me for help, and when I
went over to her, I realized that I couldn't help, because I am not
a medic. I ran to alert a medic of her condition, and he came over.
I am in shock."
The response by emergency personnel to the blast was almost
instantaneous; their units have been on heightened alert in the
capital in recent weeks, in light of intelligence community
warnings of impending attacks. The first police and ambulances
arrived within two minutes, and began to assess the horrific site.
All major hospitals in Jerusalem immediately implemented disaster
plans, such as calling on all off duty personnel to report for
Police state with confidence that the bomb was very big and
contained a large amount of steel nails, which was immediately
evident in the number of wounded arriving in area hospitals
punctured by the nails. There are conflicting reports that in
subsequent searches, police reportedly found and safely dismantled
a pipe bomb at the scene.
At 4:13 p.m., while dozens of persons uninjured by the blast were
standing near the scene, pandemonium again struck as reports of a
second bombing at Jerusalem's Central Bus station spread through
the crowd. Police and ambulance sirens again filled Jaffa Road, and
the crowds dispersed in fear of being caught in yet another
atrocity. But this second alert proved to be a false alarm. As it
turned out, a tire blew on this hot August day.
As is always the case following major attacks, phone systems,
especially cellular telephone providers, crashed due to the sudden
demand by persons trying to reach loved ones. Telephone lines in
the capital remained strained for an hour and many persons were
unable to verify the whereabouts of family and friends who might
have been in the area of the massacre.
Two Palestinian militant groups - Islamic Jihad and Hamas - made
conflicting claims of responsibility and gave different names for
the 23-year-old man they said carried the bomb.
Islamic Jihad said the attack was in retaliation for Israel's
assassinations of Palestinian militants. The group warned that more
suicide bombers are on the way. Reports from Israel say Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon met with top officials to decide Palestinian
targets to strike in response to the Jerusalem bombing.
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat denounced the Jerusalem bombing and
called on Israel to join him in declaring a joint truce.
President Bush urged Arafat to arrest the people behind the
bombing. He said the Palestinian leader must take immediate
sustained action to prevent future attacks. A White House spokesman
said earlier that President Bush "strongly deplores this act of
terror" and said it again shows the need to break the cycle of
violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Good-will Towards Israel
A childless Gentile couple from Norway has left its $4 million
estate to Israel, including a luxurious summer house overlooking a
A Gentile woman from Bolivia donated thousands of
dollars to Israel and the IDF is to receive six fully-equipped
ambulances according to a instructions in the will of a Jewish
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