Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast have been named

By JC Reporter, March 20, 2016
The scene in Istanbul after the attack

The scene in Istanbul after the attack

Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast were named on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 36 others, including 11 Israelis in a busy shopping district in central Istanbul.

Avraham Goldman, 69, was named as the third Israeli victim killed in the deadly blast.

The daughter of the Ramat Hasharon resident flew to Turkey on Saturday to return her father's body to Israel.

Earlier on Sunday, Yonatan Suher, 40, from Tel Aviv was named as the second Israeli victim killed in the fatal blast.

Mr Suher had been holidaying with his wife, Inbal, in the Turkish city to celebrate his birthday. His wife was wounded in the attack. The couple has two children.

Simcha Dimri, 60, of Dimona had been identified earlier as one of the Israelis killed in the suicide attack on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street.

The bodies of the victims are due to be repatriated on Sunday.

According to an Israeli official, two Israeli citizens killed in the suicide bombing in Istanbul were dual nationals, holding US citizenship as well.

On Sunday morning Israeli medical and emergency workers returned from Turkey with some of the wounded Israeli citizens.

Two planes carrying five Israeli casualties suffering light-to-moderate wounds arrived early Sunday at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Magen David Adom medical teams brought the injured to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Six Israelis remained hospitalized in Turkey as of about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The IDF said it had sent another delegation to Turkey to run an operating room and air lift wounded Israelis back home.

Five Palestinians were also wounded in the attack and remained hospitalized in Istanbul on Sunday morning under the supervision of an MDA team. They were expected to be brought back to Israel on Sunday afternoon. According to MDA, four were in a serious condition and one had moderate wounds.

Turkish media identified the suicide bomber as Savaz Yildiz, 33, from the Turkish city of Adana.

According to reports, the wounded Israelis were part of a group on a culinary tour of Turkey. Six of the wounded are thought to be Arab Israelis.

The attack follows a wave of bombings in Turkey, including a car bombing earlier this month in the capital Ankara which killed 37 people and injured 125.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Last updated: 5:50pm, March 20 2016