8-month-old girl, her father and her grandmother murdered by Palestinian terrorists

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has more information on yesterday's victims of the Palestinian terrorist attack on a bus (the Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have all claimed responsibility for the murder).

Among the victims in Tuesday's ambush were 8-month-old Tiferet Shilon, her father and maternal grandmother.

Shilon's twin sister, two-year-old brother and mother were injured in the attack. The mother, Ayelet, frantically called her husband, Gal, at home in Emmanuel after the bomb went off beside their bus.

"They're shooting at us!" she yelled into the phone, Israel media reported. "There are terrorists here, they set off bombs." Gal Shilon rushed out of the house and tried to borrow a car from a neighbor to get to the scene of the attack. He couldn't find a car so he began running.

A local gardener soon picked him up and they sped to the scene where they saw gunmen dressed in Israeli army uniforms firing at the bus and its passengers.

The gardener, who had a pistol on him, fired at the Palestinians, several newspapers reported. They returned fire with automatic rifles, killing Gal Shilon. On the bus, Tiferet and her grandmother were shot and killed.

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Baby boy is conflict's youngest victim
The Jerusalem Post, MAYAAN JAFFE, July 17, 2002
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Doctors rushed to perform a Caesarean section on a seriously wounded woman moments after the terror attack in Emmanuel, but her baby died Wednesday, becoming the youngest known victim of the 21-month conflict.

Sixteen people remained hospitalized Wednesday at least one in critical condition following Tuesday's bombing and shooting attack near the West Bank settlement.

Among the seriously injured was 22-year-old Yehudit Weinberg, who was hit in the pelvis and legs. Her fetus was unharmed by bullets but was born without a pulse because the mother had lost a lot of blood, doctors said. Nine hours after delivery, he died.

The baby became the youngest known victim of the 21 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, although women in advanced stages of pregnancy and their fetuses have also been killed.

The infant had no pulse after the surgery, Professor Lea Sirota, director of the neonatal intensive care unit, told The Jerusalem Post.

"We worked on the baby for 40 minutes only to discover he had brain damage, " Sirota said.

While doctors succeeded in reviving him, the baby succumbed at 2 a.m. Wednesday to the brain injury, she said.

Weinberg is being treated at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikvah.

She had just passed a teachers' exam with honors and had said goodbye to her teachers at a seminary in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish suburb of Bnei Brak when she boarded the bus. She was headed home to Emmanuel where her husband and 1-year-old boy were waiting, the Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported.

Hours later, her husband bent over her hospital bed.

"He is still alive and we will pray for the best," Weinberg told her husband about their newborn son who lay in a nearby children's hospital.

Among the victims in Tuesday's ambush were 8-month-old Tiferet Shilon, her father and maternal grandmother.

Shilon's twin sister, two-year-old brother and mother were injured in the attack. The mother, Ayelet, frantically called her husband, Gal, at home in Emmanuel after the bomb went off beside their bus.

"They're shooting at us!" she yelled into the phone, Israel media reported. "There are terrorists here, they set off bombs." Gal Shilon rushed out of the house and tried to borrow a car from a neighbor to get to the scene of the attack. He couldn't find a car so he began running.

A local gardener soon picked him up and they sped to the scene where they saw gunmen dressed in Israeli army uniforms firing at the bus and its passengers.

The gardener, who had a pistol on him, fired at the Palestinians, several newspapers reported. They returned fire with automatic rifles, killing Gal Shilon. On the bus, Tiferet and her grandmother were shot and killed.

Gal and Ayelet Shilon had become religious Jews together before they married and moved from the Tel Aviv area to Emmanuel. The grandmother, Zilpah Kashi, frequently came to the settlement to help them with the children.

Other victims included Yehonatan Gamliel, 16, who had just gone on summer break from his studies at a religious seminary near Tel Aviv.

Ilana Siton, a cosmetician who had lived at Emmanuel for several years, was traveling with her 14-year-old daughter, Tehila. The mother was killed and her daughter was seriously injured.

(With The Associated Press)

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