August 4, 2002: 13 dead in a day of terror

08:45 – Suicide bombing on Egged bus at Meron junction
11:40 – Shooting at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem
24:30 – Shooting on Ramallah-Nablus road

08:45 – Suicide bombing on Egged bus at Meron junction

 August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

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 August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

Scene of suicide bombing at Meron junction bus stop

 August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

©2002 Reuters/Nir Elias 

 August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

Wreckage of Egged bus destroyed by a suicide bomber

Nine people were killed and some 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel shortly before 9:00 Sunday morning.

There were many IDF soldiers on the bus, which exploded as it was traveling near the entrance to the burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, frequently visited by Jewish worshippers. The blast blew off the roof of the bus, which then burst into flames, killing or wounding nearly everyone inside, witnesses said. Among those killed were twere three soldiers, four Israeli civilians and two Philippine women.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Overnight on Sunday, IDF troops captured Hamas commander Mazan Fukha, responsible for dispatching the suicide bomber, in the West Bank town of Tubas together with two of his deputies.

  • ISA and Israel Police arrest two Israeli citizens on suspicion of aiding and abetting the suicide-attack on bus at Meron Junction – Aug 26, 2002.

    11:40 – Shooting at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

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     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Victim of shooting at Damascus Gate

    Yekutiel Amitai, 32, of Jerusalem, a security guard, and Nizal Awassat, 51, of the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood in East Jerusalem, were killed and 17 people were wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a pistol shortly before noon at a Bezeq telecommunications company truck near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. Border policemen exchanged fire with the gunman, killing him.

    The Fatah al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    24:30 – Shooting on Ramallah-Nablus road

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    The Wolanski family

    Avi Wolanski (29) and his pregnant wife Avital (27), of Eli, were killed just after midnight Sunday night, and one of their children, aged 3, was injured when terrorists opened fire on their car as they were traveling on the Ramallah-Nablus road near Eli in Samaria.

    A Fatah-affilated group claimed responsibility for the attack.


    The victims:

    Suicide bombing of Egged bus:
      – Mordechai Yehuda Friedman, 24, of Ramat Beit Shemesh;
      – Sari Goldstein, 21, of Karmiel;
      – Maysoun Amin Hassan, 19, of Sajur;
      – Marlene Miriam Menahem, 22, of Moshav Safsufa
      – Sgt.-Maj. Roni Ghanem, 28, of Maghar;
      – Sgt. Yifat Gavrieli, 19, of Mitzpe Adi;
      – Sgt. Omri Goldin, 20, of Mitzpe Aviv;
      – Adelina Kononen, 37, of the Philippines;
      – Rebecca Roga, 40, of the Philippines.

    Shooting at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem:
      – Yekutiel Amitai, 34, of Jerusalem;
      – Nizal Awassat, 52, of the Jabel Mukabar.

    Shooting on Ramallah-Nablus road:
      – Avi Wolanski, 29, of Eli
      – Avital Wolanski, 27, of Eli.


     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Mordechai Friedman

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Sari Goldstein

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Maysoun Hassan

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Marlene Menahem

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Sgt.Mj Roni Ghanem

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Sgt. Yifat Gavrieli

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Sgt. Omri Goldin

       
       
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Adelina Kononen

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Rebecca Roga

       
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Yekutiel Amitai

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Nizal Awassat

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Avi Wolanski

     
     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

    Avital Wolanski



    News reports:

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

     Two killed in West Bank ambush; death toll rises to 13 – Ha’aretz, Aug 5, 2002

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

     At least 9 killed in bombing on bus near Safed – Ha’aretz, Aug 4, 2002

     August 4, 2002- 13 dead in a day of terror

     ‘An atrocious scene’: Eyewitness accounts of the Safed bus bombing – Ha’aretz, Aug 4, 2002

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