Five Israelis hurt in Istanbul attack return home

Two planes of the Magen David Adom delegation to Turkey landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport early on Sunday carrying five Israelis wounded at the Istanbul terror attack the previous day, in which three Israelis were murdered.

Two of the Israelis murdered in the attack were named as Yonatan Shor, 40, from Tel Aviv, and Simcha Damri, 60, from Dimona.


The first plane landed at 1:30am carrying three of the wounded, and the second plane landed shortly after 6am with two additional wounded whose condition was light-to-moderate. They were all taken to the Ichilov Hospital at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv and the Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer. Two of the returned wounded are guides from the two Israeli tour groups that were hit in the attack.


Five other Israeli wounded – four in serious condition and one in moderate condition – are still hospitalized in Istanbul under the care of MDA teams and if their condition allows it, they will be flown back to Israel in the early afternoon hours.


Meanwhile, an IDF plane took off from the Tel Nof air base to Istanbul, carrying forces from the Home Front Command and the Air Force, as well as a mobile operation room and intensive care unit, to return the bodies of the killed Israelis and the remainder of the wounded back to Israel.


A representative of the Israel Foreign Ministry was also on the IDF flight, while Israeli diplomats in Istanbul and Ankara are handling all matters related to the IDF delegation’s arrival.

A ceremony in memory of the attack’s victims will take place at 10am at the Atatürk airport in Istanbul.