TERRORIST KILLS 9 IN JERUSALEM
Two Babies Reported Dead, Over 50 Injured
2.....Updated: 11:45 p.m. - An Arab suicide bomber detonated a powerful
explosion a few minutes ago in a religious section of Jerusalem.
The bombing in the Beit Yisrael section near downtown Jerusalem
was at first thought to have been a car bomb.
Israel TV Channel
1 is on the scene reporting that over 50 people have been rushed
Many of the
Israeli terror attack victims were taken to Bikor Holim Hospital.
terror attack occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. in the Beit Yisrael
section, a Haredi neighborhood adjoining Mea She'arim. Most of the
casualties were said to be Jews returning from synagogues at the
conclusion of Shabbat. It is presently a scene of chaos as fire,
police and army sappers inspect an area littered with body parts,
twisted metal and blood stained clothing. An empty baby carriage
sits at the scene with the charred and bloody remains of the infant
laying on the ground.
The site of
the blast was the corner of Beit Yisrael and Haim Ozer streets,
the scene of an attempted bombing last year that was averted by
an alert passerby.
There are reports
of Arab snipers shooting at ambulances that are racing to the scene
of the attack.
Police and security forces have closed off the area of the terror
bombing as they search for booby trap secondary bombs. Jerusalem
Police Chief Mickey Levy reported that the Jerusalem police are
and will remain on the highest state of alert. ``From
a check of the cars, it seems it wasn't a car bomb, but a suicide
bomber who approached a group of people,'' said Levy.
``I came right
out (on the street) and saw a car on fire, the building next to
it was also on fire,'' said witness Yitzhak Weinberger, 22.
hosed down a smoking car and rescue workers carried away the wounded
on stretchers. The blast occurred as observant Jews were leaving
synagogues at the end of the sabbath, which runs from sundown Friday
to sundown Saturday.
to the terrorist, at least nine people were murdered, including
a 1-year-old child, according to hospital officials and Levy. More
than 40 people were injured, the officials said.
has nothing to do with warfare, this has nothing to do with
national liberation, this has to do with the murder of innocent
Jews, coming back from their evening prayers,'' ``The State
of Israel knows how to defend the people of Israel, and will
- Israeli Government Spokesman Dore Gold
forces have been on high alert throughout the day due to intelligence
reports pointing to further Arab suicide bombings throughout the
country. Israeli police and army roadblocks have been set up throughout
all major residential and commercial areas. Yassar Arafat's Al Aksa
Martyrs Brigades have taken responsibility for the terror attack.
In addition to the Jerusalem attack, one policeman was shot dead
by an Arab sniper and 6 mortars have fallen into southern Israel.
Hizbolleh fired anti-aircraft shells over the Northern border. The
country's Northern region is presently on high alert.
Washington, the Bush administration responded to the terror attack
saying that Arafat and the Palestinian Authority should do ``everything
possible'' to stop ``the terrorists responsible for these criminal
acts,'' State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement.
``The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this
terrorist outrage,'' Boucher said. ``Such murder of innocent civilians
cannot be justified and can only harm the interests and aspirations
of the Palestinian people in progress toward a better future.''
child struggling to stay alive Photo:
are now witnessing scenes of barbarism and horror on national TV,
with red police and ambulance lights lighting up their screens,
several black body bags can be seen on the ground.
Many Israeli's are not shocked by tonight's deadly terror attack
in Jerusalem, rather a firm sense of resolve and anger has taken
hold throughout the nation to find the Arab terrorists and to prevent
future terror attacks at all costs.