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Casualties Mount After Suicide Bombing in Tel Aviv
Aired September 19, 2002 - 9:00 ET
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PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Our big story this morning, of course, the deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The list of casualties in the attack keeps on climbing.
Let's go to Israel for the very latest. Mike Hanna, live on the scene in Tel Aviv.
Mike, what's the latest?
MIKE HANNA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Paula, lunchtime a couple of hours ago here and massive explosion right in the middle of Tel Aviv on Ellenbee (ph) Street. Five people killed in the initial blast, according to police. Also dead the suicide bomber who detonated the explosive device.
On the streets behind you see the cleaning up operations continuing. These operations a familiar scene in past months, in the past two years of ongoing conflict. But this was the first major attack within an Israeli city in some five weeks. And it followed another suicide bomb attack some 24 hours ago in the north of Israel in which one police officer was killed. But the death toll so far in this attack here, five Israelis killed, well over 60 people wounded, any of them said to be in a critical condition.
No official claims of responsibility as of yet, although the militant Hamas movement has made one claim of responsibility. On past occasions there had been a number of such claims it takes a while to ascertain who was responsible. But once again, carnage in the streets of Israel's cities. Five people dead to date, well over 60 people injured.
Back to you, Paula.
ZAHN: Mike, very quickly here. What are people there expecting the government do about this latest attack?
HANNA: Well once again, the Israeli government has been maintaining a massive crackdown on what it says is terror. It has reinvaded large areas of the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
But despite these massive operations aimed at rooting out those planning these attacks, the attacks continue. Israelis very angry, even all the more angrier because of this long period of comparative calm.
That's what we're all waiting to see: what will be the Israeli government's response to this last attack, Paula. ZAHN: Thanks, Mike. Mike Hanna, our bureau chief standing by in Tel Aviv, not far from where that suicide bomb went off just a couple of hours ago.
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