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August 19, 2003
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Mass Murderer from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad blows himself in Jerusalem bus; kills 18, injures over 100 Israelis

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a mass murderer from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has blown himself in a two-story Jerusalem bus, killing 18 and injuring over 100 Israelis:

Paramedics try to revive an Israeli baby after a mass murderer from the Palestinian group 'Islamic Jihad' blows himself in a bus
A suicide bomber blew himself up onboard a bus in Jerusalem at about 9:15pm on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores, many among them children.

Another bus nearby was also hit by the blast, which took place on Road One near Shmuel Hanavi St., close to the point where the Arab east and Jewish western sides of the city meet. Rescuers had to use blow torches to get out some of the wounded out of the second bus.

Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack, calling Hizbullah's Al Manar TV station and The Associated Press. [...]

Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy said the explosives charge was particularly large; Avi Zohar, head of Israel Medical Relief Services, said this is the biggest bus explosion in the past three years. 103 wounded persons have been evacuated to hospital.

Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus received 28 injured, among them 13 children, Channel One reported. One child is severely wounded. Many of the injured children were burned during the fire that erupted after the bomb went off.

Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital received 39 wounded. A 1-month-old baby is being treated at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, his identity unknown.

Israeli radio reports that there were many children killed and injured in this massacre - including a one month baby who lies in critical condition, alone; the hospistal staff does not know who and where are his parents.

Israeli radio also reports that the government of Israel has frozen all diplomatic talks with the Palestinians - in any case it is clear the Israeli army will not leave the 4 West Bank cities as planned, and control of these cities will not be handed over to Arafat's murderers as agreed last week. I also just heard that the alert level of the IDF (Israel's army) has been raised. The IDF is now just one level under total mobilization.

I copy the full article below.

At least 18 dead, including 3 children, in Jerusalem bus bomb
Aug. 19, 2003, Link

A suicide bomber blew himself up onboard a bus in Jerusalem at about 9:15pm on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores, many among them children.

Another bus nearby was also hit by the blast, which took place on Road One near Shmuel Hanavi St., close to the point where the Arab east and Jewish western sides of the city meet. Rescuers had to use blow torches to get out some of the wounded out of the second bus.

Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack, calling Hizbullah's Al Manar TV station and The Associated Press. The bomber was one Raed Nisak of Hebron. The organization said the attack was a response to the killing of one of its operatives last week.

Israel has frozen all diplomatic talks with the Palestinians and the handover of the four Palestinian West Bank cities agreed upon last week.

Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy said the explosives charge was particularly large; Avi Zohar, head of Israel Medical Relief Services, said this is the biggest bus explosion in the past three years. 103 wounded persons have been evacuated to hospital.

Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus received 28 injured, among them 13 children, Channel One reported. One child is severely wounded. Many of the injured children were burned during the fire that erupted after the bomb went off.

Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital received 39 wounded.

A 1-month-old baby is being treated at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, his identity unknown.

The bus was making its way from the Wailing Wall to the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood.

Army Radio reported that security forces are chasing two men in the Jerusalem area suspected of involvement in the suicide bombing.

Dore Gold, an Israeli government spokesman, said Israel was paying the price for the Palestinian Authority's inability to rein in militants.

"Israel will have to protect its population," he said.

Hospitals phone numbers:


Bikur Holim Hospital: 125-5123

Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem: 125-5122

Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus: 125-5121

Sha'arei Tzedek: 125-5125

Jerusalem Municipality: 106 (02-531-4600)
No area code is necessary when calling these numbers. Overseas callers need to dial Israel's country code 972.

With The Associated Press

Posted by David Melle at August 19, 2003 11:43 AM
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