Attacks on the South of Israel

Terrorists launched a co-ordinated 4-stage attack north of Eilat this afternoon (August 18).

Shortly after 12:00 noon, three terrorists ambushed an Egged bus traveling from Beer Sheva about 20 km (12 miles) north of Eilat, spraying the bus with gunfire and injuring about a dozen of its passengers.

As rescue forces were responding to the first attack, a roadside bomb was detonated alongside an IDF patrol 20 km (12 miles) north of the scene of the first attack.  At least two soldiers were killed and several were critically injured in that attack.

At about 12:40, a mortar shell was fired at a private vehicle along the Egyptian border north of the second attack.  The shell exploded by the side of the road, and no one was injured.

In the fourth stage of the attack, another terrorist cell ambushed a bus and a private vehicle not far from the scene of the first attack.  They sprayed both vehicles with gunfire and launched an anti-tank rocket at the bus.  The rocket hit the car instead, murdering all of its occupants.

At the time of this writing, (4:50 pm Israel time), reports from the scene say that 7 people have been murdered and at least 30 have been injured.  The wounded have been evacuated to Yoseftal hospital in Eilat and Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva.

Information on the exact number and condition of the victims is still not precise as more updates are being provided to the media and to OneFamily. OneFamily staff are in touch with the security services, rescue personnel and hospital staff, and will be meeting with each of the victims and their families to determine their immediate needs.  We will keep you up to date on developments as they become known.

The Bereaved Father’s Choir

The Bereaved Fathers’ choir is comprised of Israeli parents whose children have been killed by acts of terror.

This inspirational group of 13 men sang through their heart ache at the One Family 10th Anniversay Dinner at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

The men feel that with the help from One Family and the strength of the  choir it has given them the support to enable them to spend time together and help them come to terms with losing a child. 

See the whole article in July 28th issue of The Jewish News.