Egged driver identified as 8th victim

56-year-old Yitzhak Sela, killed instantly when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to his empty bus, laid to rest in Beersheba.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 22, 2011 04:58
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Bombed out Egged bus in terror attack

Bombed out Egged bus terrorism terror attack 311 (R) 2. (photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)

Three days after the series of attacks in the South that left eight Israelis dead, authorities have finally identified the eighth and last victim, 56-year-old Yitzhak Sela of Beersheba, an Egged driver who was killed instantly when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to his empty bus on Thursday.

Due to the many attacks on Thursday that stretched rescue resources thin and the condition of Sela’s body, his identity was only confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

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He was buried in Beersheba on Sunday evening.

Sela had worked for Egged for 26 years. The father of four, Sela also leaves behind three grandchildren.

Sela was driving an empty bus toward Eilat in order to retrieve passengers taking the No. 397 bus from Eilat to Beersheba. A suicide bomber blew himself up next to the front end of the bus, killing Sela and engulfing the bus in flames. The bus exploded and flew into the air, and his charred skeleton came to rest dozens of meters away from the site of the explosion.

Friends told Channel 2 that Sela had often volunteered for some of the more dangerous routes, including driving around the border with Gaza and south of Hebron.

“Itzhak was one of the most outstanding and esteemed drivers in the Egged branch in Beersheba and his loss is a strong blow to all of his friends from work and to all who know him, including all the regular riders on the southern lines,” said Avi Friedman, the head of Egged’s southern branch.

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