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3 Israelis Escape as Nairobi Shopping Center Attack Continues

The shopping center is owned by Israelis and renowned as a place where many Israelis hang out.
An escaped, injured woman being rushed to an ambulance outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

An escaped, injured woman being rushed to an ambulance outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Omri, an Israeli employed at the Kenyan capital Nairobi Westgate shopping center which is still under terrorist attack this weekend, told Israeli consul Sima Amitai that he saw a hand grenade rolling between his legs and exploding. Both Omri’s legs were injured in the explosion, but only lightly. “It was a miracle,” he said.

Amitai met Omri in a Nairobi hospital where he had been treated for his injuries. She then took him to recover in her own apartment in toen.

Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to Kenya Yaki Lopez and the embassy’s security officer arrived early in the afternoon Saturday at the command center of the local security forces, following the first reports about the attack.

“We knew the shopping center is owned by Israelis and renowned as a place where many Israelis hang out,” Lopez told Maariv. “Four of the restaurants there are also owned by Israelis and many Israelis are employed in the place. They were our main concern—but we also support our Kenyan friends and ready to assist in whichever way they ask.”

Kenyan security forces are still in a standoff Sunday with the gunmen who have killed at least 39 and injured at least 300 in the assault at a high end shopping mall in Nairobi. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists are holding an unknown number of hostages.

The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on the Westgate mall, which is frequented by many Westerners. A Canadian diplomat and several other foreigners are among the dead.

Al Shabaab, which is fighting Kenyan and other African peacekeepers in Somalia, had repeatedly threatened attacks on Kenya if it did not pull its troops out of Somalia.

The group said on its official Twitter handle @HSM_Press that there would be no negotiations with Kenyan officials over the standoff.

“10 hours have passed and the Mujahideen are still strong inside #Westgate Mall and still holding their ground. All praise is due to Allah!,” the group tweeted.

This is the biggest single attack in Kenya since al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200. In 2002, the same terrorist cell attacked an Israeli-owned hotel on the coast and tried to shoot down an Israeli passenger plane in a coordinated attack.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that close members of his own family have been killed in the attack. The dead included children, and the wounded ranged in age from 2 to 78.

Two other Israelis had been trapped inside the mall. One, a woman, was eventually rescued by Kenyan forces. She reported hearing shots and hand grenade explosions around her hiding place. She kept in phone contact with embassy staff throughout the ordeal. A third Israeli managed to flee on his own from the mall.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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22 Responses to “3 Israelis Escape as Nairobi Shopping Center Attack Continues”

  1. Alright, this has just got to be stopped – just a little while ago, an Israeli was kidnapped and murdered by his co-worker, an Arab Muslime, and now this – NEVER AGAIN – this has got to be stopped – don’t care what it takes – armed guards everywhere – with at least 1 Uzi or better. Do what they do down South, if it ain’t “kosher”, then shoot first, and ask questions later. Do unto others before it’s done to you – they don’t want peace, they want pieces. Bullderm.

  2. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    Alright, this has just got to be stopped – just a little while ago, an Israeli was kidnapped and murdered by his co-worker, an Arab Muslime, and now this – NEVER AGAIN – this has got to be stopped – don’t care what it takes – armed guards everywhere – with at least 1 Uzi or better. Do what they do down South, if it ain’t “kosher”, then shoot first, and ask questions later. Do unto others before it’s done to you – they don’t want peace, they want pieces. Bullderm.

  3. The Violence needs to end!

  4. The Violence needs to end!

  5. Diane Britson says:

    The Violence needs to end!

  6. Pam Machefsky says:

    Shirley Gruenhut, I agree with you. One place to start would be a death penalty in Israel for this kind of domestic terror. Please go to the FB page “We Value Life” and add your voice to all those who are trying to convince the Kinnesset that a death penalty is urgently needed in Israel.

  7. Obaid Karki says:

    After Israeli mercenaries enter Nairobi mall, Now I am fairly sure that 69 killed, 150 wounded in Nairobi mall attack, Everyone was jubilant celebrating Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed 15 Sunni overnight Muslim village north-west of city of Hama. 2 bombs hidden inside air-conditioners exploded in Sunni mosque packed with worshipers in Samara north of Baghdad, killing 18 Sunni. That’s amateur Putinsuckers ain’t suicidal. Here’s the deal. PAYBACK-TIME: Funeral bombing killed 92 Shiite and hundreds seriously injured in Baghdad. Everyone is moaning and mourning now. Nigerian Jihadist Group Boko Haram Slaughtered 161 People during Raid on Village and 78 Christians Massacred after Suicide Bombers Attack Historic Church in Peshawar are related primer. Awaiting Taliban advance News: Gunman kills 3 American soldiers [probably 3 Costa Ricans] in Afghanistan. IDF Soldier Tomer Hazan, 20, kidnapped and killed in West Bank. Wow. Its Godsend Redherring and life saver for the Endangered Species President of USA Barack Hussein Obama. Joe Biden got to shave and dress up to take the helm. Obama days are numbered.
    Al Shabaab Somali Militants took it seriously because The Westgate Mall is an Israeli outlet. I see why Israelis were jumpy of my earlier comment. They’re ticked off tittt in wringer. The Victims look Shiite for me. Have you ever heard about Martyrdom? scary. They kill one Israeli mourn thousand. Kenyans are too foolish to allow Israeli forces takeover the carnage. For petty handout; Obama fooled Kenyan Arm force to haunt AlShabaab up north. Now they’re haunted in their own backyard looking for Israeli mercenaries to save their tailgate.
    Tomer Hazan is an illegal settler lives on an Arab stolen land in Qalqilya West Bank. He’s ain’t a celebrity he’s IDF soldier paid to die for Israel. Since his corpse is more pricy than he’s alive. Tomer Hazan’s assailant Nidal Amar thought Zionists Mediawhores are dead on Sabbath, he used cold gun, killed Tomer Hazan and threw his body in a well to decompose to get better price while negotiating with Israeli authorities to release his brother in prison. He’s almost finished by defunding Obamacare. RIP Tomer

  8. Obaid who are you? Are you crazy? A crazy Palestinian for sure.

  9. Chaiya Eitan says:

    You need psychiatric help. Fast.

  10. samuelprime says:

    nlitvin – thankfully!
    I read that #Israel is helping #Kenya gov’t deal w/ #terrorists still holed up in the mall.

  11. We cannot negotiate with people that for whatever reason kill innocent men,women.and children and give in to any demands that will surely end in our extermination and them taking over. thank you.

  12. We cannot negotiate with people that for whatever reason kill innocent men,women.and children and give in to any demands that will surely end in our extermination and them taking over. thank you.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It is behind the moon news?, crazy.

  14. Obaid.. Mais t'es un TARÉ.. mon gars.. Va faire ta propagande chez les Islamistes.. et aussi va te faire soigner la tête.. CRÉTIN.. !!!

  15. WyldDarkHeart says:

    El_Grillo1 Great info, bro. Many thanks!

  16. WyldDarkHeart says:

    El_Grillo1 Great info, bro. Many thanks!

  17. El_Grillo1 says:

    WyldDarkHeart #HIVEINT!

  18. WyldDarkHeart says:

    El_Grillo1 It’s the way to success. Paved in honey, not gold, but it works every time!

  19. They aimed to hurt the Israel people but God gave them shield. They are His chosen people. Continue praying for ALL who suffered in that mall.

  20. They aimed to hurt the Israel people but God gave them shield. They are His chosen people. Continue praying for ALL who suffered in that mall.

  21. Robik Beider says:

    Зайчик ты становишся октивен,молодец,жаль что я совсем не читаю по англицки,но не важно

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