Egged driver identified as 8th terror victim

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 21, 2011 19:51
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Three days after the deadly series of attacks in the south of the country that left eight Israelis dead, authorities have finally identified the eighth and last victim, 56-year-old Yitzhak Sela of Beersheva, an Egged driver who was killed instantly when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to Sela’s empty bus on Thursday.


Due to the many attacks on Thursday that stretched rescue resources incredibly thin and the condition of Sela’s body, his identity was only confirmed on Sunday afternoon. He was buried in Beersheva 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 towards Eilat in order to retrieve passengers taking the 397 bus from Eilat to Beer Sheva. A suicide bomber blew himself up next to the front end of the bus, killing Sela immediately and engulfing the bus in flames. The bus exploded and flew into the air, and its 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 drivers most outstanding and esteemed drivers in the Egged branch in Beer Sheva 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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