BOMB HORROR AT SYNAGOGUES (NEW YORK POST) By URI DAN 11/16/03)
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November 16, 2003 -- At least 22 people were killed and hundreds more
injured yesterday when terrorists set off a pair of Sabbath-day car
bombs at Istanbul´s two largest synagogues, leaving burned and
bloodied victims who had gathered at the city´s largest synagogue for
a bar mitzvah.
"There was huge panic, glass exploding and metal pieces all over the
place," said Enver Eker, who witnessed the blast that blew a huge
crater into the street in front of Neve Shalom, the city´s largest
At nearly the same moment, in mid-morning, another bomb went off at
the Beth Israel synagogue a few miles away, destroying its roof and
sending debris raining into the street.
Witnesses described a battlefield-like scene, with body parts
scattered about and bloody victims moaning or screaming for help.
"Only God saved us," Rabbi Ytzchak Chaliwa, of Beth Israel, told The
"The bomb devastated the synagogue . . . I saw my son Yosi´s face
covered with blood," Chaliwa, 63, said, adding that the boy would be
OK after surgery.
"Only people who are not human - animals - would do this to people
during prayer," he said.
The victims included many people passing in the busy streets outside
of the heavily protected synagogues, officials said. At least six
people inside were among the dead.
At least 22 were killed and another 242 were injured.
It was not clear whether the terrorists were suicide bombers or had
set off the twin blasts with remote-control or timed devices,
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said there were "international
connections" to the attacks, and police were investigating whether
the blasts were linked to al Qaeda. With Post Wire Services
(Copyright 2003 NYP Holdings, Inc. 11/16/03)
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