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Burgas Attack: Israel Mounts Rescue Mission

Burgas – Thirty-two Israelis who were wounded in Wednesday’s terror attack in Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, landed in Israel Thursday afternoon.

Seven people were killed, five of them Israelis, and 34 people were injured, three of them seriously, when a blast tore through a bus shuttling Israeli tourists in the terminal of Sarafovo Airport.

Three of the Israelis, who suffered serious injuries, are hospitalized in Sofia. A second C-130, carrying Magen David Adom specialists landed in the Bulgarian capital in the early hours of the morning, in order to evaluate their condition and ascertain whether it is safe for them to fly.

Health Ministry sources said that the majority of Israelis are scheduled to land in Israel by Thursday afternoon.

The fatalities’ identification process, headed by ZAKA, is ongoing.

A military source on the mission told Ynet that it includes military medical personnel, members of the Air Force 669 Search and Rescue Unit, Home Front Command officers and a cadre of IDF officers.

“We are working with MDA officials on the ground in order to facilitate the rapid transfer of the wounded to the planes and then to Israel,” he said.

Also, a plane provided by the Bulgarians landed in Ben Gurion International Airport, carrying about 70 Israelis who escaped the attack.

Sarafovo Airport closed immediately after the blast and elsewhere in Bulgaria flights headed to Israel were canceled or delayed. Air traffic between the countries is slowly returning to normal.

Following the attack, the Shin Ben has temporarily suspended all flights bound for Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Ben Gurion Airport authorities teamed with the MDA to ensure the swift evacuation of the wounded. Some 34 ambulances and medical teams were allowed onto the landing strip to perform the necessary triage.

According to MDA, 11 of the wounded would be transferred to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, seven to Haemek Medical Center in Afula, six to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, two to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zerifinm, the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon and the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv each, and the remaining two will be admitted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

Source: Ynet News

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One Response to Burgas Attack: Israel Mounts Rescue Mission

  1. IDF fan

    July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Mi Kamchu Yisoroel! less than an hour they were in the air and ready to go

    God Bless Israel