Bulgaria blast survivors back in Israel

2012-07-19 21:17

Tel Aviv - More than 30 Israelis who were wounded in a suicide bombing at a Bulgarian airport on the Black Sea, arrived back in Tel Aviv Thursday after being flown home by the Israeli air force, officials said.

They arrived back at Ben Gurion airport just 24 hours after they had left on what was supposed to be a holiday, but which turned into a nightmare of bloodshed and violence that claimed the lives of six people, five of them Israelis.

Zaki Heller, a spokesman for Israel's Magen David Adom emergency services said paramedics had evacuated from the airport 36 Israelis wounded in the Black Sea resort town of Bourgas to various hospitals in Israel. Two of whom were in moderate condition, while the rest were lightly injured.

Another three victims who were severely injured in the bombing were being treated at hospitals in the Bulgarian capital, with a foreign ministry official saying medics would have to decide if they were fit to fly back.

Foreign ministry officials said the bodies of the five Israeli victims, whose identities have not yet been made public, would arrive back in Israel in the late evening.

"I would have lost my life in a split second, had I not jumped out of the bus's window," survivor Moshe Moseri told the Israeli news website Walla, describing scenes of horror with "corpses on the floor with their arms and legs severed".

"There are five Israelis dead, as well as the Bulgarian bus driver and another person, probably the terrorist," said Ilana Stein, deputy spokesperson at the Israeli foreign ministry.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov confirmed the toll, telling a news conference that the seventh body was that of "the suicide bomber." They had earlier said the explosion was caused by a bomb planted on the bus.

Deadliest since 2004

Wednesday's explosion targeted a bus load of Israeli tourists who had just landed in Bourgas airport on a flight from Tel Aviv, in what was the deadliest attack on Israelis overseas since 2004.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Lebanon's Hezbollah militia for carrying out the attack in conjunction with Iran.

"Yesterday's attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hezbollah, Iran's leading terrorist proxy," Netanyahu told a news conference in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon.

"Iran is the country that stands behind this terror attack."

Stein said it was the second attempt to strike Israelis on European soil this month after an earlier plot was uncovered by the authorities in Cyprus.

"This is the second attempt in Europe and we are wondering if the European Union will put Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force onto its list of terrorist organisations," she said.

For now, Israel was dealing with the humanitarian aspects of the bombing, but was likely to raise the issue with the Europeans at a later stage, she said.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 07:17

    It's good that they return to their military enclave where they feel safest the most. Reminds me of a story about a prisoner complaining to the prison-officer of his unjust incarceration and the officer replied "I cannot see what it is that you are complaining about, I spend a great deal of my time in the prison with you, and I am not complaining". It is not nice being a prison officer, FREE Palestine NOW and you shall set yourself FREE as well, Mr Jailer!

      carol.dempers - 2012-07-20 07:34

      Peace for Israel! We stand behind you. God wil take care of his chosen people. The Islamic nAtions will be on their kneeS in time to come!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 07:42

      Who is "we", is it you and your mouse in your pocket?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 07:55

      In 1948, Israel was created from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, autocratic neighbors declared war on her the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call the occupied territories. There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving, unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political gain.

      velvybokov - 2012-07-20 08:04

      Fidel. You are a disgusting human being to make such comments. Instead o showing sympathy with those suffering from such losses you think you prefer to see fit to attack the victims further.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 08:13

      Are you this apoplectic when Palestinians end up being killed at the hands of Israeli settlers or army, I don't think so. You think my post is disgusting, you should see the posts justifying Palestinian deaths.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 08:17

      Velvybokov, unfortunately Fidel numbs himself with immature anti-West beliefs that distort the reality he sees and unwittingly leads him to support the slaughter of human beings by unelected dictators and other autocratic regimes. He is totally blind to it.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-20 09:07

      Fidel – Israel is only furious when the Palestinian leadership chooses war and religious violence rather than peace. If the Palestinians chose peace - no one will have to mourn any more victims in this conflict. Nevertheless, if you took the time to read Hamas’ charter you will understand that there is nothing greater for them then killing a Jew, while their own people’s lives are worthless as they deem death to be more essential then life. Islamic fundamentalism is so demented that no westerner (anyone living in the midst of freedom & democracy) could grasp its insanity.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 09:14

      @Jaba Yes, they want a 'piece' of Lebanon; a 'piece' of Syria; a 'piece' of Jordan and whatever is left of the 'pieces' in Palestine after 'wiping Gaza off the face of the Earth.'

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-20 10:36

      fidel if what you say is true...if Israel had the sick intention you describe in your BS post; this whole issue would have been put to bed years ago due to Israel’s military might (ie the killing of all the Palestinians in Gaza/West bank or at least driving them away)… but the truth remains that Israel wants peace with its neighbours not war… and I’m thankful most people don’t believe your blood libels – which incidentally are musch of the same hatred and fielth we read from Goebels in the 1940’s. Anti Semitism has not gone away – its merely taken the more ‘politically correct’ rout of anti-Israel propaganda.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 21:56

      Adnan, Don't worry, if, allows Fidel on their site, than ANYONE is welcome !!!

  • velvybokov - 2012-07-20 08:07

    King David was right about the Palestinians. As he says in psalms \I am for peace and so I speak. They are for war\\r\nThe Palestinian cohorts are not interested in peace. They wouldn't know peace if it slapped them in the face. They are simply intereted in glorifying destruction.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 08:35

      I had thought that Palestinians are a made up people, which never existed during biblical times, which is it? You people need to make up your minds.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-20 09:01

      Nope fidel, like a parasite they faked and used the name ‘philistins’ – for they came from Egypt & Jordan (Yaser Arafat – the father of their ‘dream’ was born in Egypt in case you didn’t know)... but same rubbish I guess... (Not the people but their leadership)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 09:17

      Between you and bokov, who should I believe? One of you is definitely lying.

      velvybokov - 2012-07-20 13:22

      If fidel can even use You in a sentence it is no wonder he is so delusioned and misguided from the truth.\r\nThen again... I expect no less from those who have no sympathy for the massacared but would rather throw in his lot with ppl who glorify suicide bombers, kidnappings, use of human shields, attacks from ambulances etc...\r\nPerhaps should it happen to Fidels family he might not be so flippant and quick to denigrate victims of terror.

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