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Islamic mass murderers bomb Hotel in Egypt; over 30 people killed and 160 wounded
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Islamic mass murderers have bombed a hotel and attacked two restaurants in Egypt, killing over 30 people:
Of the 122 Israeli casualties, seven are seriously wounded, 36 are moderately wounded and the rest suffered light wounds. A fatally wounded Israeli woman died of her wounds in the Josephthal hospital in Eilat. [...]
Two car bombs exploded at the entrance to the Hilton Taba Hotel and a suicide bomber blew up at the hotel's beach front, an area designated for children maritime activities. A combined bomb and shooting attack took place in two restaurants usually frequented by Israelis in Ras Al-Satan. [...]
The whole front of the hotel has collapsed. There are dozens of people on the floor, lots of blood. It is very tense," witness Yigal Vakni told Army Radio. "I am standing outside of the hotel, the whole thing is burning and they have nothing to put it out with."
The Hilton Hotel in Taba is frequented by Israelis traveling to Sinai and many Israelis arrived there over the past days of the Succot and Simchat Torah holidays. [...]
The deadly blast at the Hilton hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Taba on the border with Israel was claimed by the [...] "World Islamist Group", in a telephone call to AFP in Jerusalem.
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At least 26 killed in Sinai bombings
At least 26 people were killed and over 160 were wounded, both Israelis and other nationals, in two terror attacks against resorts in Sinai packed with Israelis late Thursday evening.
The exact number of Israelis killed in the attacks remains unknown, however OC Home Front Command head, Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh said Friday morning 38 Israelis are missing.
122 Israelis have been evacuated from Taba and Ras Al-Satan to Israel. Two moderately wounded Israelis remain in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh and will be airlifted to Israel later Friday.
Of the 122 Israeli casualties, seven are seriously wounded, 36 are moderately wounded and the rest suffered light wounds. A fatally wounded Israeli woman died of her wounds in the Josephthal hospital in Eilat.
Two car bombs exploded at the entrance to the Hilton Taba Hotel and a suicide bomber blew up at the hotel's beach front, an area designated for children maritime activities.
A combined bomb and shooting attack took place in two restaurants usually frequented by Israelis in Ras Al-Satan.
"The number of dead is not final yet. The Egyptian authorities are holding nine bodies, two of which, as we speak are being returned to Israel. In addition we spotted seven bodies among the hotel ruins in Taba that have yet to be extricated. We believe the fatalities will be higher and up until now we know that 38 Israelis are missing and are seeking to determine whether they are among the wounded or dead," he told reporters at a briefing at the Taba terminal crossing.
26 Magen David Adom ambulances and 60 Israeli paramedics are still in Egypt assisting the wounded and trying to negotiate with Egyptian officials the possibility of transporting the bodies of two Israelis to Israel. It remains unknown why Egypt is not allowing the transfer of the bodies to Israel.
However, Egyptian officials Friday morning allowed the Home Front Command to transport heavy mechanical equipment and rescue personnel to Taba in order to begin clearing collapsed structures and start searching for survivors among the rubble. 38 bodies remain trapped in the rubble, Israeli rescue officials said.
Eight people were removed alive from the rubble.
Israeli paramedics operating in Taba reported that the bodies of dead Israelis were looted; their valuables and wallets were stolen.
The IDF has raised the alert level across the country following the attacks.
The first explosion was initially believed to be caused by two booby-trapped trucks and occurred around 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Taba on the Red Sea, near the Israel-Egypt border. Searches showed the engine of a car in the hotel's lobby, Army Radio reported.
Two smaller explosions occurred soon after in Ras a-Satan, a beach resort near Nuweiba south of Taba. Reports say two Israelis were killed in the attack at Ras a-Satan, and 40 people were wounded. The site, some 40 minutes from the border, is visited frequently by Israelis.
Kobi Zaza, a paramedic with Ofek, told The Jerusalem Post his ambulance had to wait over an hour at the Egyptian border because the eight wounded Israelis in his ambulance were not carrying identification papers. Despite their agony and pain the wounded were asked to sign their names and provide their passport numbers before being allowed to leave Egypt.
Zaza said that since the Egyptian are only allowing six ambulances at a time to cross into Egypt, Israeli paramedics have been evacuating eight to ten wounded in an ambulance at a time.
Israeli rescue workers working between the ruins of the hotel in Taba reported spotting dead bodies between the rubble yet refrained from pulling them out fearing the wobbly structures will collapse.
Josepthal Hospital Emergency number: 12-55-175
Officials said there were 800 guests at the Taba Hotel, 100 of which were Egyptian nationals. Most of the Israelis staying at the hotel were not near the hotel's lobby, but were eating at the restaurant at the time of the blast.
Thousands of Israelis are leaving Sinai. The Foreign Ministry said there were between 12,000 to 15,000 Israelis in Sinai this week. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Israel would help evacuate any of the Israelis who wish to leave Sinai.
Four hours after the blast collapsed a 10-story wing of the hotel, Israel's military was in command of the scene, said the army spokeswoman, Brig. Gen. Ruth Yaron, but there were delays in sending in Israeli forces and rescue workers. Yaron, the Israeli army spokeswoman, said Israeli Brig. Gen. Efi Idan "took command over the event in Taba" four hours after the blast.
She complained, "We still have some trouble in sending over all of the forces and their equipment to Taba and I hope this will be sorted out soon."
"The whole front of the hotel has collapsed. There are dozens of people on the floor, lots of blood. It is very tense," witness Yigal Vakni told Army Radio. "I am standing outside of the hotel, the whole thing is burning and they have nothing to put it out with."
The Hilton Hotel in Taba is frequented by Israelis traveling to Sinai and many Israelis arrived there over the past days of the Succot and Simchat Torah holidays.
Itzik Chai, general manager of the Taba Crossing, said all Israeli medical units have gone through the border, and that some of the ambulances have gone further south than Taba. Everyone will be able to get through, with or without a passport, Chai said.
According to a report on Channel 2, Egyptian border guards are not allowing Israeli soldiers operating with the Home Front Command rescue crews from entering Egypt through the Taba crossing in their IDF uniforms. Home Front Command is considering dressing the soldiers in civilian clothing to allow quick access the Taba Hotel, where some people are still feared trapped under the rubble.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom asked that Egypt allow Israeli helicopters land in Sinai to evacuate the wounded. Egyptian officials have still not allowed the helicopters to reach the area. Shalom also asked that Israelis be allowed to pass in and out of Sinai without passport and security checks, to allow a quick return of Israelis back to the country and immediate entrance of medical personnel and Israeli officials into Sinai.
World Islamist Group takes responsibility
The deadly blast at the Hilton hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Taba on the border with Israel was claimed by the previously unknown "World Islamist Group", in a telephone call to AFP in Jerusalem.
"Jamaa Al-Islamiya Al-Alamiya (World Islamist Group) claims responsibility for the explosion at the Taba Hotel, carried out in revenge for the Palestinian and Arab martyrs dying in Palestine and Iraq," the caller said.
"Jamaa will carry out a series of martyr operations (suicide attacks) during the month of Ramadan to avenge these martyrs," he said.
The holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins in mid-October.
In a sign that Egypt is taking the attacks very seriously, a high alert was placed on all Egyptian airports. Egyptian sources told Jerusalem that Egyptian military activity has cut off the Sinai Peninsula from the rest of the country, and the army is conducting searches in Sinai for other possible terror cells.
Southern Sinai Governor and Egyptian Tourism Minister arrived in Taba and promised Israel all possible assistance. The tourism industry is Egypt's second largest source of income, after customs and shipping levies in the Suez Canal.
Mustafa Afiffi, the governor of the southern Sinai Peninsula, said there were 105 casualties in the Taba attack, but could not disclose the condition of the victims. Thirteen of those seriously wounded, including some Israelis, were taken to a hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh. Some of the wounded were also taken to a hospital in Dahab. Reports on news agency Web sites say Egyptian authorities have arrested three suspects in Sinai.
Doctors in the south of Israel were asked to come to Eilat, and surgeons from across the country will be flown to the southern city to aid the local medical personal. Social workers are also arriving at Eilat and Sinai to assist.
Magen David Adom has put out a call for blood donations of the RH-negative type. Donations can be made at the MDA station at Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv. The station will begin receiving donors at 2 a.m.
Israelis returning from Sinai are reporting crowded conditions in the Taba crossing into Israel. Israel Radio reported Egyptian soldiers began shooting in the air to stop the pushing and shoving.
Arkia airliner is scheduling extra flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv overnight Thursday and Friday.
The Eilat Municipality opened the city's Rabin School for Israelis returning from Sinai to spend the night. The Club Hotel also opened its gates to those returning from Sinai.
Official stressed that for a number of weeks specific warnings were received of plans by terrorists to launch an attack against Israelis in Sinai.
With Arieh O'Sullivan and Mathew Gutman
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