Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Terror Attack in Dimona, Israel

One Dead in Dimona Terror Attack, Second Bomber Killed
by Ezra HaLevi, Hana Levi Julian and Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

February 4, 2008

(IsraelNN.com) Arab terrorists carried out a suicide bombing in the commercial center of the southern Negev town of Dimona Monday morning, killing one female Dimona resident and wounding ten others.

A second suicide terrorist at the scene was already wearing his bomb-vest and waited for crowds of medics and spectators to arrive. Not knowing who he was, a doctor began to treat the second terrorist. Upon spotting the explosives belt under his clothes, the doctor warned Police Chief Inpector Kobi Mor, who shot the terrorist dead with a bullet to the head. The explosive vest was detonated in a controlled explosion by police sappers.

The wounded were all transported to Be'er Sheva's Soroka Hospital, where one person was admitted in critical condition and two others in moderate condition. Some 14 others were treated for light injuries and and dozens of others for psychological shock All were later released. Doctors have been fighting to save the life of the critically injured man, who is in surgery to remove what one hospital source said were almost a thousand bits of shrapnel in his stomach and torso.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt near a coffee shop in a local shopping center. A school located nearby was immediately sealed, fearing that it was the intended target.

The Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades terror gang controlled by Fatah, the terror group led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and funded and assisted by the US and Israel, claimed responsibility for the attack in a joint statement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group issued to the PA-based Ma'an News Agency. Islamic Jihad praised the attack, but said that initial reports that it took "credit" were "Israeli fabrications." Gaza residents celebrated word of the attack by dancing in the streets and handing out sweets.

It is likely that the terrorists crossed into the Sinai from Gaza as the border lay open in recent days since Hamas destroyed it. The terrorists then crossed into Israel over the lengthy and porous Sinai-Israeli border. Israeli intelligence warned that the open border was allowing terrorists from Gaza to prepare such attacks, particularly on Negev towns. Dimona is located not far from the border, between Arad and Be'er Sheva. The area is heavily populated by Bedouin tribes, which have been increasingly involved in smuggling from Egypt to Israel. It is also possible that the terrorist came from the southern Mt. Hevron region, from which attacks have emanated in the region in the past.

Police launched searches in and around Dimona, as well as trying to prevent crowds from gathering at the bomb-site, fearing additional bombers. The alert level has been raised all across Israel, particularly along the seam-line, Jerusalem region and southern towns near the Egypt border. The unit headed by the Police Chief Inpector Mor, who killed the second bomber, was established recently to combat cross-border smuggling.

A Dimona firefighter told Voice of Israel government radio that he was not surprised that terrorists attacked the city because of recent infiltration of terrorists from Egypt following the destruction of the border barrier at Rafiah two weeks ago. It was the first time that Dimona has been the target of a terrorist attack. Israel's nuclear research facility is located near Dimona.
David, a lottery store owner in the commercial center recounted the attack to Army Radio: "Suddenly I heard an explosion. It was unbelievable...unbelievable. I saw parts of bodies flying toward me, toward my store. Security forces immediately closed down the commercial center, saying, 'There are still suspicious things here.'"

Dina, another resident of Dimona, said, “I heard a boom and at first I thought it was a gas balloon exploding. It was fortunate that at this hour, all the children were in school and very few, if any, were in the area at the time. But people here are hysterical. This has never happened in Dimona and people cannot believe it. You have no idea what is going on in this town right now."



The city of Be'er Sheva has set up a hotline for those concerned that family members may have been hurt in the attack: 08-646-7377. The city of Dimona has also set up a hotline to answer questions from those who are concerned about loved ones who may have been in the area at the time of the attack: 08-655-3107.

13 comments:

Mes Deux Cents said...

Ehav,

Do you live near Dimona? Are you okay? Are your friends okay?

This made the news here but they didn't give many details.

Ehav Ever said...

Hey MDC,

Thanks for your concern. I don't live near Dimona. I live near Jerusalem. If you look on the map Dimona is south of Jerusalem. It is in the Negev desert.

I also don't have any friends down there. Yet, because Israel is a small country (about the size of New Jersey) you feel it when things like this happen. The security around the country has been stepped up because of it.

Ehav Ever said...

One thing I forgot to mention. One of my mother's friends has a sister who lives in Dimona. She is one of the Hebrew Israelites there. My mother's friend though has not spoken to her sister since the 1970's.

Lisa said...

I thought about you when I saw this on the news. I am glad to know that you're okay. MDC asked the questions I wanted the answers to.

Miriam said...

I don't understand. Why Dimona. What beef do they have there?

Mes Deux Cents said...

Ehav,

I'm glad you are okay.

xxHUGxx

Ehav Ever said...

Hey MDC and Lisa. Thanks to both of you for your concern. MDC International hug right back at you. (Smile)

Hey Miriam. I think it is not a matter of beef with Dimona, I think one of the concepts is to strike fear within people, and also to say See you guys are not as secure as you think. No matter how much security you have the cracks that can be slip past.

Next week, I may do some writing on that.

Bohemian Hippie Chick said...

It amazes me how American media pretty much ignores these types of attacks in Israel...but as soon as Israel strikes back, THAT story is everywhere.

Israeli's have always seemed so fearless to me, I know that if the same happened here with any regularity...most Americans would live in a permanent state of fear.

I'm glad you're okay too Ehav. :)

Ehav Ever said...

Hey BHC,

Thanks for you concern. I am touched by all of you my favorite bloggers. I just noticed most of the commentors on my blog are women....hmmmm lucky me. (smile)

I recently wrote a post about my feelings on the recent terrorist attack. I cover some the things you mention about the Western Media. Pretty soon I am going to be doing an analysis from my perspective about those issues.

As much as Israeli's seem fearless. These kind of attacks take their toll. Especially on the children here. It has a definite affect on the society since when these things start there is no real way to have business as usual.]

When I first visited Israel years ago I was so scared to get on a bus. I don't ride buses now, but there is still the fear that you just don't know when a particular terrorist slips through the cracks. It also makes it difficult to trust Arabs. The older Israelis are able to have better relationships with Arabs. So it complicates things on so many levels.

I think that any American who wants to get an idea of what is really going on here they should live here for about a year. It will really their eyes.

Muslims Against Sharia said...

Muslims Against Sharia condemn the murderers responsible for the homicide bombing in Dimona as well as degenerate perpetuation of the culture of death in Gaza.

Our prayers are with the victims of this atrocity. We send our condolences to their loved ones.

May the homicide bomber rot in hell for eternity. May his accomplices and animals who celebrated this horrendous act join him soon!

Muslims Against Sharia call on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to shut down Al-Hayat al-Jadida, Al-Iyam and Al-Quds as terrorist mouthpieces that glorify homicide bombings. Failing to do so will show that Palestinian Authority's quest for peace is nothing more than empty words.

http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/02/first-suicide-bombing-in-israel-in-year.html

Ehav Ever said...

Greetings Muslims Against Sharia,

I thank you for coming by my blog. I also thank you for your words. I have added your blog to my blog list.

Muslims Against Sharia said...

Thank you for your support.

Ehav Ever said...

Thank you for yours as well. It helps me and others remember that this is not a Jews vs. Muslims issue. So thank you again.