Jerusalem Terror Attack 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
He lay in the emergency room on Wednesday evening, wrapped in a cloth blanket
that was stained by bright red drops of blood from his wounded leg.
that did stop the 14-year old from smiling as he described the events of the day
prior to the Jerusalem explosion.
After long hours of study he had passed
a stiff yeshiva entrance exam. At the fateful moment, he stood across from
Binyanei Ha’uma on his way home, relieved that all the hard work was behind
Then a large blast pushed him to the ground.
from the bomb pierced his leg. As he saw fire burst out and heard screams around
him, the teen said, his first concern was for the pain in his leg.
didn’t understand at first that it was a terror attack, I was worried about my
leg,” said the black-haired teen, whose name was withheld. He was among the at
least 19 victims of the attack who had arrived at Shaare Zedek Hospital by early
Dried blood caked the bottom of his bare feet as they hung at
the end of the gurney, tucked into a corner of the emergency room, where a
number of other terror attack victims were receiving
Reporters, nurses, doctors, social workers and politicians
crowded into the small space.
As the teen calmly waited for his parents
to arrive, both Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman and Interior Minister Eli
Yishai, visited him, held his hand and wished him a speedy
David Somech of Jerusalem had escaped without any physical
trauma. He had also been standing at the bus stop and had not noticed anything
out of the ordinary, when suddenly the bomb exploded.
“There was 20
seconds of silence before the screaming began, and chaos. I started to help
evacuate people and then the medics suggested that I should head to the hospital
to make sure that I was all right,” Somech said.
He still wore his street
clothes, jeans and a cotton sweater, as he lay on a gurney surrounded by his
relatives who had raced to the hospital after hearing of the
Upstairs in another part of the hospital, Jerusalem resident
Ruth Breitkopf sat next to her husband as she waited to be treated for
She said that everything happened very quickly.
“I was on
the bus, and just as it came to the stop, there was an explosion. Passengers
fell onto the floor, but I ran out the door of the bus toward the entry way to
the city,” Breitkopf said, before she was called away to meet with a
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who visited the wounded both in
Hadassah Ein Kerem and Shaare Zedek urged awareness, perseverance and a speedy
return to normal life.
“Open your eyes,” Barkat said. He explained that
he had just met, “with one of the wounded who had been in the middle of a
conversation with the police when the bag exploded.
“Awareness can reduce
the number of wounded,” he said.
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