Hell in the center of Tel Aviv
On October 19, 1994, a suicide bomber from the Hamas organization blew up the Dan bus number 5 along the Dizengoff street. A suicide bomber and another 22 people died in the blast, 50 were injured.
The bomber was Palestinian Arab Saleh Abdel Rahim al-Suvi, who joined Hamas after the death of his elder brother Hasin in 1989 in clashes with Israeli troops. Al-Suwi was declared wanted by Israeli security forces, but he was not number one on their list. The day before the terrorist attack, al-Suvi recorded a message on a tape in which he stated that he would proudly accept death and go to heaven
Al-Suvi got to the bus stop thanks to the driver of the car, Muatab Mukadi, who was part of the Samaria battalion, who was personally subordinate to the head of the military wing of Hamas, Ayash. Al-Suvi took a seat on the left side of the bus and put the bomb, hidden in a brown bag, at his feet. The bag was handed to him personally by Yahya Ayash.
At 9:00 am local time, the bus was 100 meters north of Dizengoff Square, and at that moment an explosive device went off.The explosion killed 22 people: 21 citizens of Israel and one citizen of the Netherlands. The explosion was so powerful that the body flew off the chassis, and all the plastic melted. Fragments of bodies scattered over a long distance and even flew to nearby restaurants.
The victims of the attack were 22 people:
Haviv Tishbi (57, Tel Aviv)
Moshe Gardinger (83, Tel Aviv)
Pnina (Paula) Rapaport (75, Tel Aviv)
Galit Rosen (23, Holon)
Zippora Ariel (66, Tel Aviv)
David Lida (71, Tel Aviv)
Pua Yadgar (56, Givatayim)
Dalya Ashkenazi (62, Tel Aviv)
Esther Sharon (21, Lod)
Ofra Ben-Naim (33, Lod)
Tamar Karlibakh-Sapir (24, moshav Masuot-Yitzhak)
Shira Meroz-Kot (20, kibbutz Beit HaShita)
Miriam Adaf (54, Sderot)
Anat Rosen (20, Raanana)
Salah Ovadia (52, Holon)
Eliyahu Wasserman (66, Bat Yam)
Alexandra Shapirstein (55, Bat Yam)
Pierre Atlas (56, Kiryat Ono)
Ella Volkov (21, Safed / Tel Aviv)
Ayelet Langer-Alcobi (26, Kibbutz Yiron)
Kohava Beaton (59, Tel Aviv)
Reinier Jurest (Verbist) (25, Netherlands)
This terrorist attack was the largest at that time in the history of Israel, although there were later terrorist attacks with the number of victims significantly exceeding the number of victims of the explosion on Dizengoff Street. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was on a visit to the UK, immediately returned to his homeland.Photos of the destroyed bus and the name Ayash appeared in news reports of all world publications.
Police quickly identified the suicide bomber through a DNA sample. The next day, when the al-Suvi family noted the committed act of "martyrdom", the police broke into the house of al-Suvi and demanded that relatives leave him for an hour.