BLAST ROCKS JERUSALEM
18 DEAD, OVER 125 WOUNDED
Six Babies Dead
Palestinian suicide bomber targeted a crowded restaurant in central,
downtown Jerusalem just minutes ago, claiming at least 18 lives
and wounding over 100 people. The terrorist bombing took place at
the Sbarro Italian restaurant on the corners of King George and
Yafo Streets, according to Army Radio. Winesses say that they heard
At this writing, police
and emergency medical crews are still evacuating the wounded. The
restaurant was crowded with lunch time patrons, including several
children. Live images on Israel Television illustrate a scene of
complete carnage, with bloody bodies laying on the ground. The terrorist
detonated a high-powered device packed with nails and other shrapnel
as he walked into the restaurant.
a big boom, a big explosion and then we saw lots of people running
down the street away from it," said Arik Mor, who works in
a nearby pharmacy.
One woman, blood
spattering her face and arms, watched the ambulance workers in shock
as she dabbed her face with a cloth.
A bomb squad
searching for a second bomb believed to have been left in the restaurant,
was successful in finding and neutralizing an unexploded pipe bomb.
a huge boom and saw people lying all over. I saw a soldier flying
through the air. People ran around with blood all over their faces,"
Lital Deri, a witness said.
Israeli government spokesmen
state that this barbaric, indiscriminate bombing reflects the total
inaction taken by the PA in arresting those responsible for today'
littered the ground around the restaurant where police said several
victims were believed to be trapped. Pieces of metal and glass which
had once been part of the shop window were dripping with blood.
|"I saw bodies
inside the restaurant and the body of a little girl on the street
outside covered with blood. Bodies were all over inside and
outside." a witness said.
Islamic Jihad has claimed
responsibility for this afternoon's terror attack in Jerusalem.
The claim was made on the Lebanese-based Hizbullah television network.
The wounded are being
taken to Bikkurholim, Hadasa Har Harzofim, Sha'are Zedek and Hadassah
Ein Karem hospitals.
Hospital, Ein Kerem
Hadassah-University Hospital, Mount Scopus
Shaare Zedek Hospital
Bikur Holim Hospital