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Sunday, 2 December, 2001, 22:48 GMT
Eyewitness: Israel's bomb horror
Mourners at the funeral of Moshe Dahan who was killed by a bomb in Jerusalem
Grief and despair in the wake of the attacks
The bus destroyed by a suicide bomb in the northern Israeli port of Haifa on Sunday was travelling through a neighbourhood where Jews and Arabs live side by side.

"I took four people off the bus. Men and women, Arabs and Jews," said Faisal Adnan, an Israeli Arab, who was waiting to cross the road when the bus exploded.


I heard people screaming in the bus. I will never forget it

Manam Masri
Witness
"It is not written in any holy book to blow people up," he told Reuters news agency. "I am embarrassed by the act of the Palestinian people that they carry out these horrific acts."

A similar sense of shock was shared by Meir Shetreet, a construction worker. "In Haifa, there are no Arabs and Jews. Everyone is the same."

The explosives, packed with nails and metal pieces, were detonated by the suicide bomber after he boarded the bus and paid for his fare.

"I was thrown by the blast and up under the steering wheel," the bus driver Shimon Kabesa told Israeli television from his hospital bed, his right arm in plaster.

Manam Masri, an Arab, described seeing orange flames and smoke and torn bodies being thrown into the air.

"I heard people screaming in the bus. I will never forget it," she said.

Hours of horror

The scenes of horror in Haifa came just hours after Saturday night's suicide bombings in Jerusalem.

A wounded man is tended to
Dead and injured littered the street
The attackers mingled with crowds of young people out for the night and then blew themselves up.

Nir Ledani, aged 20, was with friends in the popular cafe district in the heart of the city when the two bombers detonated their explosives.

"I heard the sound of a fuse. Then I heard a boom... I saw a huge orange flash," he said later.

The bombs were packed with nails and Mr Ledani was himself injured, with a fragment of metal and a nail embedded in his shoulder.

A woman called Ilana said that one of the bombers wore a red shirt and jeans.

"He stood and just blew himself up," she said.

'There were lots of limbs and dead'

Witnesses described how the force of the explosions catapulted bodies into the air.


I saw people without arms. I saw a person with their stomach hanging open. I saw a 10-year-old boy breathe his last breath

Yosshi Mizrahi, Witness

The dead and injured littered the ground.

"There were lots of limbs and dead. I saw three dead and what looked like the remains of the suicide bomber. It was just a lump of something," said Michael Perry.

Another witness at the scene, Yosshi Mizrahi, described watching people die. "I saw people without arms. I saw a person with their stomach hanging open. I saw a 10-year-old boy breathe his last breath."

'Too many deaths'

And after the shock, grief and anger, as relatives began to bury the dead.

Thousands gathered in Jerusalem for 20-year-old Moshe Dahan, who was having a night out with friends on Saturday when the attackers struck.

His fiance, Flora Perez, had spent all night scouring hospitals for him before discovering he was dead.

" I had already written a speech for the marriage and now I'm here for a graveside eulogy, " sid the director of the technical college where Moshe studied.

"There have been too many deaths and all of them so young. It's unbearable, " one woman said as another funeral cortege made its way into the cemetery in west Jerusalem.


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