Ten Jews Murdered in Double Suicide Attack in Ashdod Port

Another ten names, and countless more families and friends, were added to the seemingly endless ranks of grief yesterday afternoon, with the double suicide Palestinian terrorist attack in the Ashdod port.

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Another ten names, and countless more families and friends, were added to the seemingly endless ranks of grief yesterday afternoon, with the double suicide Palestinian terrorist attack in the Ashdod port. Two 17-year-old Hamas terrorists, one of them wearing an IDF uniform, managed to get out of Gaza and into the Ashdod port some 30 kilometers (18 miles) to the north, and blew themselves up several minutes apart around 4:30 PM. The explosions occurred in an office building inside the compound, blowing off a garage roof, and alongside the perimeter fence. Police surmise that the two may have been on their way to even more sensitive targets within or near the port.

In response, Israel Air Force helicopters attacked terrorist targets in Gaza City late last night. No one was reported hurt, but ten rockets were seen smashing into buildings used to manufacture weapons. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza was closed to Arab workers coming to work from Gaza into pre-1967 Israel.

Joy and happiness was the order of the day in many Gaza areas after word of the double attack was learned. In Jenin, too, candies were distributed in the streets in celebration of the murder of ten Jews.

Some 20 people were wounded in the attack, including one woman in very serious condition. The ten who were killed:

Pinchas Avraham Zilberman, 46, Tel Aviv

Moshe Hendler, 29, Rehovot - survived by his wife and six-month-old daughter. The terrorist asked him for a drink of water, and, in his last act, Moshe gave it to him.

Ophir Damari, 31, Rehovot - two children under two years old

Avi Suissa, 55, Kiryat Malachi - father of six. A former member of the Kiryat Malachi town council, Mayor Moti Malka said that he met with Suissa a few days ago, and that Suissa said, "I'm willing to volunteer for any public cause - just call me."

Mazal Marciano, 30, Ashdod - mother of two

Maurice Tubol, 30, Ashdod - childhood classmate of Mazal Marciano, he was about to purchase an apartment of his own. Survived by his mother and three brothers.

Tzion Dahan, 30, Ashdod - survived by wife and one-year-old daughter

Dani Asulin, 51, Ashdod - survived by wife Negba, two children, and one grandson. A 30-year veteran of the port, he had just returned from a two-week mechanical equipment course in Germany, and was about to leave for another course in Finland.

Avi Avraham, 34, Ashdod - married just four months ago.

Gil Abutbul, 31, Ashdod


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