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19 fatalities from Jerusalem bus bomb identified

By Haaretz Service and Agencies Ha'artez August 21, 2003

The Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir in
Tel Aviv had by Thursday morning identified 19 of
the 20 fatalities in Tuesday night’s suicide
bombing on a bus in the heart of an ultra-Orthodox
neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv
said Wednesday night that five
of the dead were American
citizens. The as-yet
unidentified woman was a
foreign worker from Thailand.

More than 110 were wounded in
the attack, 40 of them
children, when a Hamas bomber

detonated a five-kilogram device packed with
ball-bearings on a crowded bus returning from
prayers at the Western Wall.

“It’s one of the worst terrorist attacks both
because of the large number of victims and the
difficulty of identifying them, and because
among the victims are children,” Professor
Yehuda Hiss, Israel’s chief pathologist, told
Israel Radio on Wednesday.

As of Thursday morning, there were still 33
people hospitalized due to the blast. Nine of
the wounded were in serious or very serious
condition, Israel Radio reported.

The wounded include seven children who sustained
head and lung injuries. One little girl had
lost an eye, doctors said.

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