IDF Air Force jet carrying Jewish Istanbul bomb victims returns to Israel. (TOI).
The bodies of three Israelis killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday were loaded on to an IDF airplane Sunday afternoon and taken to Israel, along with several wounded in the attack.
The victims were identified as Yonathan Suher, 40, Simha Dimri, 60, and Avraham Goldman, 69. Suher and Goldman were also named as United States citizens by the State Department.
Eleven more Israelis were hurt in the bombing on Istiklal Caddesi, a bustling two-kilometer-long pedestrian street usually thronged with shoppers, tourists and buskers.
Turkish medical officials said that among the Israeli wounded, two were in critical condition, two were in moderate condition and six were lightly injured. The condition of one more injured Israeli was not immediately clear.
Five wounded were transported to Israel on the IDF plane on Sunday, including one woman who was in critical condition.
“Israeli diplomats in Turkey worked all night to prepare the ground for the arrival of the IDF teams, treat the wounded, and coordinate with the authorities in Turkey,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday morning.
Five of the Israelis who were lightly wounded in the attack were already returned to Israel in two flights overnight Sunday. The IDF teams that arrived in Istanbul Sunday brought back the remaining Israelis who were injured in the attack. The Israeli Air Force plane left Istanbul on Sunday afternoon and landed in Israel several hours later.
The Israeli victims were part of a 14-member group on a culinary tour of Turkey.
The Magen David Adom rescue service said the return of the seriously injured Israelis was delayed in order to enable them to recover enough to travel. Hmmm.....If Europe allows free visa for Turks these bombings will become part of their daily life. Read the full story here.
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