Jerusalem - Victims Relive Flames And Terror Of Number 12 Bus Bombing
Jerusalem - Victims of yesterday’s bus bombing in Jerusalem are speaking out today, sharing the horrific moments as they lived through the latest terror attack to hit Jerusalem.
Or Bondi was on his way home from work when the bus went up in flames, as reported by YNet.
“I had just sent a text to my father when suddenly my phone disappeared from my hands,” said the 26 year old who was just recently married. “There was a storm of flames and I realized what happened. I saw that I had injuries on both my hands and legs and everyone was pushing to get out of the rear door. The bus just went up in flames.”
Bondi said that in the moments after the attack he was lying on the sidewalk outside the bus and that people stopped their cars and got out to help the injured. He asked to borrow a phone so that he could contact his loved ones and let them know he was okay.
“The first thing I did was to call my mother so that she wouldn’t hear what had happened and start worrying about me,” said Bondi who is currently in Hadassa Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
Bondi’s mother said that from the moment she heard her son’s voice calling from an unfamiliar phone number she knew something terrible had happened.
Bondi’s sister, Deganit Yael credited the bus driver for saving the lives of many passengers by immediately opening up the bus’s doors.
“If he hadn’t done that they would have all been incinerated by the flames,” she said.
Chaim Levi, the father of 15 year old Eden Dadon who is currently sedated and on a respirator at Hadassah Ein Kerem after being severely injured in yesterday’s terror attack, pointed the finger of blame at the Israeli government.
“We have to bring down this government that doesn’t deal with terrorists and lies to the public,” said Levi.
His wife, Rachel Dadon, who was sitting several rows ahead of her daughter on the bus is also hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
“Every time I think about it I burst out crying,” said Mrs. Dadon. “The visions keep coming back to me and I couldn’t sleep all night long from what I saw. In the past when I saw people who were injured, I prayed for them but now I am one of them.”
Mrs. Dadon joined her husband in calling on the Israeli government to take a stronger stance on terror.
“There are thousands of people who are disabled, afraid to go out of their houses,” said Mrs. Dadon. “I never dreamed that I would take my daughter on an outing and come back wounded. I saw my daughter screaming that she was burned and that she was in pain. Why are we in this situation? Why does a girl who is not yet even 16 have to cry?”
“What did a girl who is waiting to celebrate her birthday do to deserve this kind of hatred?” added Eden’s sister Shiran. “What did she do to a terrorist that now, a month before her 16th birthday, she has to be sedated and on a respirator?”
Michoel Chechenov, who had just boarded the bus two stops before the explosion, was also seated in the back of the bus.
“I didn’t see a thing,” said Chechenov who underwent surgery at Shaarei Tzedek hospital. “There was just noise and fire.”
13 people remain hospitalized today after yesterday’s explosion according to Walla, including a 30 year old man who is so severely injured that he has yet to be identified. Police suspect that the bomb was placed under his seat. Among the more seriously injured are a 50 year old woman, two 25 year old men, a 30 year old woman and a 16 year old boy.
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