Israeli Terror Victims Arrive Home from Bulgaria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 07/19/12)
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The wounded victims of Wednesday´s suicide terrorist attack at a
Bulgarian airport have arrived home in Israel, with 32 of the wounded
victims touching down in an IAF Hercules military transport aircraft
at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Among them was Israeli Nurit
Harush, photographed by Reuters as she was pushed in a stretcher by
medics after her arrival.
Three others who were critically injured have remained in a hospital
in Sofia, but will later be flown to Israel.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s office issued a statement
thanking Prof. Gabriel Barbash, Director-General of the Tel Aviv
Sourasky Medical Center, who is in Bulgaria and who was involved in
organizing treatment and transport of the terror victims.
Netanyahu and Barbash were in contact Thursday morning to discuss
logistics and other issues regarding the victims.
Israeli paramedics interviewed on Army Radio said that some victims
waited for hours in the airport and refused all treatment – not
because it was not offered, but rather because they refused to allow
anyone other than another Israeli to touch them.
One of the ZAKA workers said personnel were working under “very
difficult conditions.” The targeted tour bus was described as
completely incinerated, a second one parked nearby as "mostly burnt."
The atmosphere in which the recovery teams are working is, he
“The authorities are not allowing us free access to the bodies that
we are trying to identify,” he said. “We get a few minutes at a time,
and then we are sent out. Then we can go in, and a few minutes later
we are suddenly sent out again.
“By law, we cannot take the bodies out of the country until definite
identification is made, which makes matters more complicated.”
Six people were killed in the attack, including five Israelis and one
Bulgarian national. Israeli citizen Yitzhak Shriki was photographed
by Reuters while searching for his wife and talking with medics
outside a hospital in Burgas, a city about 400 km (248 miles) east of
The suicide bomber who committed the attack entered the country on a
U.S. passport that was allegedly falsified, authorities said. Israel
has accused Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorists of carrying out the
attack, and has vowed to retaliate. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011
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