The Megiddo Junction Bus Bombing

The memorial built near the site of the attack in memory of the victims of the incident.
The memorial built near the site of the attack in memory of the victims of the incident.

The Megiddo Junction bus bombing was the suicide bombing of an Egged bus at Megiddo Junction in northern Israel on June 5, 2002. 17 people were killed and 43 wounded, the majority of them IDF soldiers.

The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack

On Wednesday, 5 June 2002, a Palestinian homicide bomber drove a Renault van loaded with dozens of kilograms of explosives to Highway 65. At Megiddo Junction, he approached Egged bus no. 830, filled with passengers, traveling from Tel Aviv to Tiberias. At 7:15 am, the bomber detonated the explosive device near the fuel tank of the bus, causing it to burst into flames. According to a member of the rescue crew, people were thrown out of the bus by the force of the bomb and rescuers could not board the vehicle immediately due to the extreme heat.

The blast killed 13 Israeli soldiers and four civilians. 43 passengers were injured, most of them soldiers.

– Fatalities

  • Cpl. Liron Avitan, 19, of Hadera
  • Cpl. Avraham Barzilai, 19, of Netanya
  • Cpl. Dennis Blumin, 20, of Hadera
  • St.-Sgt. Eliran Buskila, 21, of Hadera
  • St.-Sgt. Zvi Gelberd, 20 of Hadera
  • Sgt. Violetta Hizgayev, 20, of Hadera
  • St.-Sgt. Ganadi Issakov, 21, of Hadera
  • Sgt. Sariel Katz, 21, of Netanya
  • Cpl. Vladimir Morari, 19, of Hadera
  • Sgt. Yigal Nedipur, 22, of Netanya
  • Sgt. Dotan Reisel, 22, of Hadera
  • St.-Sgt. David Stanislavksy, 23, of Netanya
  • Sgt. Sivan Wiener, 19, of Holon
  • Zion Agmon, 50, of Hadera
  • Adi Dahan, 17, of Afula
  • Shimon Timsit, 35, of Tel-Aviv
  • Eliyahu Timsit, 32, of Sderot – was identified in December 2002

The perpetrators

After the attack The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the attack was carried out by an 18-year-old Palestinian named Hamza Samudi who originated from Jenin and had taken driving lessons four days before the attack, especially for this mission.

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