Burgas attack: Israel mounts rescue mission (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Carmit Reuven Latest Update: 07.19.12, 13:10 )
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Two IAF aircraft sent to Bulgaria to ensure terror victims´ safe
return to Israel. MDA specialists sent to Sofia to evaluate those
seriously injured; ZAKA identification process ongoing
Burgas – An IAF C-130 Hercules aircraft landed in Burgas, Bulgaria,
Thursday morning in order to retrieve the Israelis injured in
Wednesday´s terror attack. By noon, the plane was en route to Israel,
carrying 32 of the wounded.
Seven people were killed, five of them Israelis, and 34 people were
injured, three of them seriously, when a blast tore through a bus
shuttling Israeli tourists in the terminal of Sarafovo Airport.
Three of the Israelis, who suffered serious injuries, are
hospitalized in Sofia. A second C-130, carrying Magen David Adom
specialists landed in the Bulgarian capital in the early hours of the
morning, in order to evaluate their condition and ascertain whether
it is safe for them to fly.
Health Ministry sources said that the majority of Israelis are
scheduled to land in Israel by Thursday afternoon.
The fatalities´ identification process, headed by ZAKA, is ongoing.
A military source on the mission told Ynet that it includes military
medical personnel, members of the Air Force 669 Search and Rescue
Unit, Home Front Command officers and a cadre of IDF officers.
"We are working with MDA officials on the ground in order to
facilitate the rapid transfer of the wounded to the planes and then
to Israel," he said.
Meanwhile, a plane provided by the Bulgarians landed in Ben Gurion
International Airport, carrying about 70 Israelis who escaped the
Sarafovo Airport closed immediately after the blast and elsewhere in
Bulgaria flights headed to Israel were canceled or delayed. Air
traffic between the countries is slowly returning to normal.
Following the attack, the Shin Ben has temporarily suspended all
flights bound for Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, South Africa,
Thailand, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Ben Gurion Airport is gearing to receive the injured and is working
with MDA to ensure their swift transfer to local hospitals.
Some 24 ambulances and medical teams are making their way to the
airport ahead of the plane´s planned arrival in the early hours of
According to MDA, once in Israel, 11 of the wounded would be
transferred to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba,
seven to Haemek Medical Center in Afula, six to Laniado Hospital in
Netanya, two to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifinm, Edith
Wolfson Medical Center in Holon and Sourasky Medical Center in Tel
Aviv each, and the remaining two will be admitted to Rambam Medical
Center in Haifa and Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.
Also on Thursday Bulgaria´s Interior Ministry said that security
measures in and around hotels where Israeli tourists are staying have
been stepped up following the terror attack.
Police presence in the district of Burgas has also been beefed up.
Carmit Reuven is Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth´s special correspondent in
Bulgaria (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 07/19/12)
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