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
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.
He was buried in Beersheba on Sunday
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