Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

IDF rescue team at Taba Hilton Hotel
(Photos:
IDF Spokesman/ Yael Bar Hilel)
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

 

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai
A total of 32 people were killed in Thursday night’s (Oct 7) terror attacks on two Sinai holiday resorts frequented by Israelis: 29 at the Taba Hilton and three at Ras a-Satan. Twelve Israelis were killed and over 120 wounded.
 
Also identified among the dead were Russian, Egyptian and Italian citizens.
 
The most devastating attack occurred at around 22:00 when a blast ripped through the Hilton Hotel in the resort town of Taba, near the border with Israel. The powerful blast was caused by two separate car bombs, each containing about 200 kg of explosives detonated in the lobby,  causing the collapse of part of the hotel.
 
At about 23:30, two additional explosions occurred in the camping area of of Ras a-Satan, located about 45 kilometers south.
 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai
Collapsed wing of Taba Hilton Hotel
(Photos:
IDF Spokesman/ Yael Bar Hilel)
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

 

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Immediately after the attacks, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom asked his Egyptian counterpart for permission to fly Israeli rescue workers into Sinai. He also asked the Egyptian foreign minister for permission to allow Israelis to pass through the border crossing without passport checks and to send between 20 and 30 buses to the Sinai to bring home the Israelis in the area, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gideon Meir said.

Israeli Search and Rescue Operation Ends in Taba
(October 10, 2004)

The IDF Homefront Command search and rescue team which was operating at the site of the terrorist attack at the Hilton Taba Hotel completed their work at the site on Sunday evening, October 10, 2004. Having reached the bottom of the building and after it became certain that there were no bodies left in the rubble of the hotel, the team left the area upon completion of the mission

The team, led by the head of the Homefront Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Nave, operated in full coordination with the Egyptian search and rescue team and security officials.

Since Thursday October 7, 2004, 32 bodies were recovered from the terror attack sites in Sinai, of which 12 bodies were identified as Israeli citizens. One woman was recovered alive from the rubble.

The identification process of the bodies continues, along with the efforts to crosscheck information received from families of the missing with the bodies recovered.

The Israeli victims at Taba:
– Assaf Greenwald, 27, of Ramat Gan
– Hafez al-Hafi, 39, of Lod
– Rotem Moriah, 27, of Tel Aviv
– Tzila Niv, 43, and her two sons, Gilad, 11, and Lior, 3, of Rakefet
– Oleg Paizakov, 32, and his wife Ludmilla, 30, of Bat Yam
– Khalil Zeitounya, 10, of Jaffa

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Assaf Greenwald

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Rotem Moriah

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Hafez al-Hafi

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Tzila Niv

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Gilad and Lior Niv

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Ludmilla Paizakov

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Oleg Paizakov

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Khalil Zeitounya


The victims at Ras a-Satan:
– Michal Alexander, 27, of Ganei Tikva
– Roy Avisaf, 28, of Kfar Sava
– Einat Naor, 27, of Kibbutz Zikim

 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Michal Alexander

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Roy Avisaf

 
 Terror bombings hit Taba and Ras a-Satan in Sinai

Einat Naor