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Palestinian mass murderers kill 16 Israelis, including a three yeard old child

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian mass murderers have killed 16 Israelis, including a three year old child:

Two suicide bombers exploded almost simultaneously on two buses in central Beersheba on Tuesday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens. The explosions took place on buses numbers 12 and 7, traveling opposite the municipality building at 2:55 p.m. [...]

Twelve people died at the scene and four others died later while being treated, including a three-year-old. About 100 people were wounded in the attack, including 16 children. The wounded were taken to Soroka Medical Center, not far from the site of the attack. Seven people are listed in serious condition, 23 in moderate condition and the rest were lightly wounded.

The deadliest attack in almost a year, the double bombing, carried out by Hamas, was the first major terrorist strike in nearly six months and ended what had been one of the most peaceful summers Israelis have known for years.

The relative calm had been attributed to the relentless crackdown on Palestinian terror groups and the security barrier that has effectively blocked terrorist infiltrations into the country. Tuesday's bombings fulfilled fears that terrorists would opt for striking in the south, where there is no security fence.

This is more proof that Israel's security fence is part of the solution in fighting the war against Palestinian terrorism. The Palestinian terrorists did not strike in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem or any other city in Israel's center, but were only able to kill in the South of Israel, where as the article mentions, the fence is not yet built.

Israel needs to continue doing what has it has been executing for the last two years:

1) On the one hand, Israel needs to continue building its security fence. This will stop the mass murdering freaks from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas to easily kill women and children. Israel also needs to continue ignoring the biased Europeans and their Kangoroo court of "Justice" (click here for more details on Israel's security fence and here for the disregard of human life by the European clowns).

2) On the other hand, Israel's army need to continue fighting the Palestinian terrorists. Israel will continue to track the mass murderers from the Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades down and kill them, one by one. If they are running like rats, they will not have time to murder Israeli women and children.

For a list of homicide bombings executed by the Palestinian mass murderers, click here. For more information on how the Palestinians reject peace and continue to deliberately kill Israeli women and children, click here.

I copy the full article below.

16 KILLED, 100 WOUNDED IN TWIN BUS BOMBINGS IN BEERSHEBA
Aug. 31, 2004, By ARIEH O'SULLIVAN, Link

Two suicide bombers exploded almost simultaneously on two buses in central Beersheba on Tuesday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens. The explosions took place on buses numbers 12 and 7, traveling opposite the municipality building at 2:55 p.m.

Police Southern District head Cmdr. David Cohen said both buses exited the Beersheba Central Bus Station at the same time and arrived together at the Yitzhak Riger Boulevard, a central road in the city. The two explosions occurred at the same moment, as the buses were some 100 meters apart.

Twelve people died at the scene and four others died later while being treated, including a three-year-old. About 100 people were wounded in the attack, including 16 children. The wounded were taken to Soroka Medical Center, not far from the site of the attack. Seven people are listed in serious condition, 23 in moderate condition and the rest were lightly wounded.

Zaka (disaster victims association) reported all the fatalities were of people riding on the buses. Moshe Dichstein, head of Zaka Beersheba, said his people arrived at the scene several minutes after the explosion. "First thing we did was take those who looked like there was still a chance to save their lives off the bus. Once we were done, we ran to the second bus and worked there, until there was no one else to rescue."

Dichstein said forensic workers would have a hard time identifying the bodies.

The deadliest attack in almost a year, the double bombing, carried out by Hamas, was the first major terrorist strike in nearly six months and ended what had been one of the most peaceful summers Israelis have known for years.

The relative calm had been attributed to the relentless crackdown on Palestinian terror groups and the security barrier that has effectively blocked terrorist infiltrations into the country. Tuesday's bombings fulfilled fears that terrorists would opt for striking in the south, where there is no security fence.

Hamas infrastructure in Hebron distributed a leaflet in the city saying the attacks were "a natural response to Israeli crimes" and revenge for Israel's assassinations last spring of its spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and his successor Abdel Aziz Rantisi.

Security officials said the IDF plans to isolate Hebron the rest of the West Bank, barring passage in and out of the city except in the event of humanitarian crisis.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held an emergency meeting with top Defense Ministry officials in Tel Aviv at to formulate Israel's response. Sharon said in response to the attack that "the war against terror will continue without letup. This is both the government's and my personal policy. Our fight against Palestinian terrorism is not related to the progress in the disengagement plan."

President Moshe Katsav said in response to the attack, "The Palestinians keep hurting us and themselves."

Israeli officials said the attack was a further sign that terrorist groups, with the backing of Iran and Hizbullah, were trying to scuttle the disengagement plan.

The Israel Police will raise the terror alert to level 'C' countrywide starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Alert level 'C' is one level short of an emergency footing. The alert will remain in place at least until the end of Rosh Hashanah.

German Foreign Minister Joschke Fischer, speaking from Egypt one day after his visit to Israel, called his Israeli counterpart and expressed outrage at the attack. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom placed the blame squarely at PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, who he said "has brought nothing but terror and evil since his return to the territories."

Palestinian Authority cabinet minister Saeb Erekat said "the Palestinian Authority condemns any attacks that target civilians, whether Israelis or Palestinian."

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei also condemned the bombings, Reuters reported.

"Killing civilians, whether from the Palestinian side or from the Israeli side, will achieve nothing except hatred and more enmity and therefore we condemn that strongly," he said.

Qurei was still in Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo Monday in anticipation of Israel's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

Hangebi: Fence is the only answer

Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi spoke to reporters at the scene following the attack. "What we have learned since the last terror attack, which happened in Ashdod on March 14, is that where there is a fence there are no terror attacks, and where there is no fence, there are terror attacks," Hanegbi said.

"The government will work as fast as it can to continue construction of the fence along the southern border of the West Bank in order to save the lives of our citizens," he added

Hanegbi also noted that this is the first suicide bombing in nearly six months. Terrorists intending attacks have failed in over 30 cases in the recent six months, which shows an improvement in security, partially owing to the security fence.

Standing down the street from the site of the explosion, Israel Police Inspector-General Moshe Karadi addressed reporters.

Karadi said that police forces were investigating the attack, but since the identity of the terrorists is not yet known, it is still impossible to say whether they infiltrated from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip.

In preparation for the opening of the school year, Karadi said that police and security forces have fortified their readiness and are on alert for attacks.

"Our preparedness for attacks will get still stronger in anticipation of the new school year and in response to this new reality," he said.

According to Karadi, police are on heightened alert but do not have warnings of specific attacks - only general warnings.

Bus driver saves lives

Yaakov Cohen, the driver of the number 12 bus said he stopped the bus and opened the doors after he heard the first explosion behind him. "I opened the doors, the people asked me to, and I did it immediately. The first blast was on bus 6, and then about 15 seconds afterwards there was an explosion on my bus. I didn't see anyone suspicious. It came just out of the blue."

Cohen was lightly wounded and said he would return to driving bus number 12 "as soon as possible with God's help, and this time I will be more on the alert."

Passenger Nissim Vaknin said he was sitting next to the man he believes was the suicide bomber, but got up to give his seat to a woman. It saved his life but cost hers. "I'm sure that it was (the bomber). I saw his body, he was just parts, and beside him the body of the woman I gave my spot to," Vaknin told reporters. He said the bomber was young and had long hair, possibly a wig.

Police and Shin Bet officers are looking for a suspicious car that transported the suicide bombers to the city center. A police helicopter was assisting the forces. Officers questioned lightly wounded victims to collect information about the car and the dispatchers

Yitzhak Ahronovitch, CEO of Dan Buses, the transportation company that operated the two buses, said that he is not sure whether public transportation security guards were on the targeted buses when the explosions occurred.

"We can't have a guard on each of our buses. Obviously some buses travel with guards at certain times during the day," Ahronovitch said.


Emergency numbers:
Soroka Medical Center emergency numbers:
12-55-177
08-640-3873
08-640-3588
08-640-3555

New immigrant hotline:
12-550-81010

For those needing psychological counseling:
1201

Beersheba Municipality hotlines:
12-55-070-106
08-646-3777

Jewish Agency hotline for new immigrants: 08 62 88 562/3

Margot Dudkevitch contributed to this report

Posted by David Melle at August 31, 2004 04:41 PM
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