'J'lem to aid non-Jewish Burgas victim's family'

Bulgarian media reports Israel to pay monthly stipend to daughter of bus driver killed in terror attack along with 5 Israelis.

February 2, 2013 04:07
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Bulgaria bus bomb.

Bulgaria bus bomb 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Israel has offered to pay a monthly stipend to the daughter of the non-Jewish Bulgarian bus driver killed in a terror attack that targeted Israeli tourists in Burgas in July, the Sofia News Agency reported on Friday.

Mustafa Kyosov's 11-year-old daughter Salihe will be given a $150-per-month stipend until she turns 18, Bulgarian television quoted Mehdi Safadi, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara's bureau chief as saying.

In August, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) announced at a ceremony in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia that it will include the family of Mustafa Kyosov among recipients of aid from the Fund for the Victims of Terror.

Speaking at the central synagogue in Sofia, Moshe Sharet, a JAFI emissary in Bulgaria, said the $1,500 grant was given to Kyosovs to "ease their financial struggles and show the solidarity of the Jewish people with their loss."

Mustafa Kyosov was killed in the terror attack along with five Israeli tourists and the suicide bomber. Israel has accused Hezbollah of perpetrating the attack with Iran's backing. Bulgarian authorities, however, are yet to release the findings of their investigation into the attack.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov made a surprise visit to Israel last month to brief leaders on his country's probe into the attack, but Israeli officials remained tight-lipped about what was said in these meetings.

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