A bomb hidden in a bag exploded on a bus in Bat Yam
after passengers were evacuated from the vehicle. Hamas and Islamic Jihad
“welcomed” the terror attack.
“A passenger alerted the driver about a suspicious bag
located behind the back door of the bus,” a spokesperson for the Dan bus
company said. “The driver stopped the bus and examined the bag. He saw
electrical wires attached to the bag and ordered all passengers off the bus,
leaving after them. He then called police sappers.”
Within minutes there was a powerful blast, blowing out most of the windows of
"After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have
concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesperson Micky
Hamas and Islamic Jihad “welcomed” the terror attack, but did not claim
responsibility for the bombing, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. In an
official press release issued by Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, the
organization welcomed the attack, that was a “response to the crimes of the
occupation.” An Islamic Jihad source said he hoped this attack “could usher the
resumption of suicide attacks.”
In an interview with Al Aqsa TV, the Hamas official broadcasting station,
senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Ahmed Almadalel praised the recent
attempted terror attack in Bat Yam. Almadalel told the interviewer that “there
are many operations such as this – carried out by lone individuals or
organizations – and it only stresses the fact that the conflict with the
Zionist enemy is far from over. I believe that the acts will continue and we
would like to stress, as ever, that we are on the verge of a huge explosion in
the face of our Zionist enemy for its crimes against our people.”
President Peres phoned and thanked bus driver Michael Yoger and passenger,
David Papo, whose actions saved lives and averted injuries in the explosion on
the #240 bus in Bat Yam.
On December 23, an Israel Police officer was stabbed by a terrorist at the Adam
checkpoint north of Jerusalem. He suffered moderate injuries.
On December 24, stones were thrown at a bus traveling in the West Banknear Qalqilya. Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the
scene and attended to the bus driver who sustained head injuries.