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First rav Elyashiv’s petira, and now this…
Hashem Yerachem. May Hashem have mercy upon us.
Below is an article of the Jpost, posted on Vos Iz Neies.
Sofia, Bulgaria - A bus carrying Israeli youth in a Bulgarian resort city exploded Wednesday, killing three people and wounding at least 20, police said. Witnesses told Israeli media that the huge blast occurred soon after someone boarded the vehicle.
The incident took place in the Black Sea city of Burgas, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia. Images shown on Israeli media showed smoke billowing from the scene.
Bulgaria, an eastern European nation, is a popular tourist destination for Israelis.
Although it was not yet certain what caused the blast, Israeli tourists have been targeted in attacks before before, namely in India, Thailand and Azerbaijan. Israel foe Iran is suspected of being behind these assaults.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Rosenzweig said a flight from Tel Aviv had landed at a quarter to 5 p.m. and that the blast took place about 40 minutes later.
“We don’t know if it was a terror attack,” said Paul Hirschson, another spokesman for the ministry. “We do know it was an explosion.”
Witness Gal Malka told Israel’s Channel 2 TV that she saw someone board the bus before it exploded.
Officials said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had spoken with his Bulgarian counterpart and was being kept abreast of the developments.
ZAKA and MDA rescue services in Israel were preparing delegations to fly to Bulgaria.
In January, a suspicious package found on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria led Israel to request boosted security for its citizens traveling in the country, according to reports in the Bulgarian press.
The Sofia News Agency Novinite quoted Dan Shenar, head of security at the Israeli Transportation Ministry, confirmed he had requested the increased security at the time.
Israel has been concerned Hezbollah would try to attack Israelis overseas in in connection with the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.
Israel had asked Bulgaria, for example, to increase its security over Israeli tour groups in the capital city of Sofia. According to Sofia News Agency, a Hezbollah plot was earlier uncovered by local security agencies, which warned Israel.
The death toll varies from 3 up to 7. Most of them are teenagers. According to eyewitnesses, A female suicide bomber leaned in on one of the busses and detonated herself. Causing one bus to explode and setting two others on flame.
Say a kapitel tehilim and learn something for our people’s safety.
Let us daven for this golos to end soon.
Kol Yisroel Areivim zeh lazeh.
UPDATE I: 5 Israeli teens dead and 20 injured, 5 of them in critical condition H”Y.