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An IDF Golani soldier has died of his wounds and eleven others were wounded after an Arab terrorist armed with a knife in his backpack entered the Central Bus Station in Be’er Sheva shortly before 8 pm Sunday evening.
The attacker stabbed an IDF soldeir and grabbed his M-16 rifle and began firing into the crowd of passengers waiting to travel to various locations.
Nearly all of the wounded were people in their twenties, officials said.
By 8:29 pm the bus station — a central hub in the Negev — was evacuated and sealed, with all public transportation shut down in the city amid fears by security personnel that additional terrorists could be at large. By 10:30 pm those fears were largely dispelled, although security forces were still hunting for a taxi that had run a checkpoint shortly after the attack.
Two of the wounded were still in very critical condition. Two others were in serious condition, four were listed in fair condition and one is in good condition. Four of the victims are police officers.
At least seven other people were hospitalized for trauma and shock. All were taken to the city’s Soroka Medical Center.
The sole terrorist was shot and killed by security forces at the scene. An Eritrean citizen who was initially also assumed to be a terrorist was critically wounded and was undergoing surgery.
The security guard who shot the Eritrean citizen said in his initial interrogation after the incident that he was convinced the man was a terrorist: “I saw him running toward me, not hiding like the others, so I shot him,” he told the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv newspaper.
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An Israel Railways train struck a man Thursday night in southern Israel near the Goral Junction, about five kilometers from Be’er Sheva.
The accident shut down a number of tracks, but trains continued to run on a single line.
The identity of the victim was withheld pending notification to next of kin. It is not clear what the man was doing on the tracks.Hana Levi Julian
The Ramon Crater in Israel’s south is the world’s largest “makhtesh- 40 kilometers long, between 2-10 kilometers wide and 500 meters deep.
It wasn’t made by a meteor or a volcano, but rather, it was created by erosion. There once was an active volcano in the northern end.
There are 5 Makhteshim in Israel, and 2 more in the Sinai.Video of the Day
Photo Essay: Shabbos Will Be White in Israel
This is not a snowstorm. This is a blizzard, even by New York’s standards.
More than a foot of snow has fallen in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion, three inches in Arad, and even Be’er Sheva saw the white stuff that will leave most of the north and half of the center covered in white on Shabbat.
High winds whipped the snow into drifts and downed several power lines.
Jerusalem is without bus service, and the two main highways from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are closed, as are many roads in the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee, the road from Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, and part of the highway north of Be’er Sheva
Power blackouts were reported in several parts of the country, and schools wereclosed from the north to Dimona.
Part of the main highway north of Be’er Sheva was closed because of ice on the road.
Snow fell, without accumulation, in Carmel for the first time in 20 years.
Snow will turn to rain in most of the country by Friday afternoon, but freezing temperatures will turn many roads to ice overnight.
Temperatures will rise slightly on Sunday and sharply on Monday and Tuesday, melting away much of the snow.
Later next week, weather models indicate that Israel is on target for more heavy rain, without snow, except on the Hermon ski slopes.
If you don;t believe snow fell on Carmiel, several miles east of Haifa, and Dimona, east of Be’er Sheva, here is proof from two YouTube videos.
A massive system of frigid air will whip most of Israel late Thursday night and Friday morning and bring snow to areas that have not seen the white stuff for 20 years or more.
Arad, Dimona, Upper Haifa, Modi’in, Karnei-Ginot Shomron, Maaleh Gilboa, Nazareth, Kfar Saba and possibly Ben Gurion Airport will probably be covered in white Friday morning.
Snow is falling on the Hermon ski slopes and the northern Golan Heights at this time (early Thursday afternoon), and rain in other areas will turn to snow when temperatures plummet tonight. The airport in Haifa has been closed, and police probably will not allow cars to travel on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.
Last December, heavy snow trapped motorists.
Snow will fall through the night, but by Friday afternoon it will turn back to rain in lower areas. Snow will continue falling on communities where the altitude is above 2,000 feet, and later in the day above 3,000 feet, which includes Hebron, Nevei Daniel in Gush Etzion, and Tzfat (Safed).
More than a foot of snow is likely to be dumped on Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.
Smaller accumulations will fall on Arad and Dimona in the northern Negev, and possibly on Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat.
There is a chance that Tel Aviv residents will see snow mixed with rain.
Anyone who does not want to lift a snow shovel, and who is not in a hurry, can wait around for a couple of days. The forecast for Sunday is freezing temperatures in the morning but significant warming in the afternoon.
On Monday and Tuesday, it will be warmer than usual. There is a chance for more rain – but no snow – later next week.
Meanwhile, the Kinneret continues to add an inch or so a day, and the entire country has received the amount of precipitation that usually falls for the entire year.
Arabs attacked a southern Israeli bus traveling Thursday night from Arad to Be’er Sheva along Highway 31.
The unidentified attackers hurled rocks at the bus, breaking the windshield and injuring a 60-year-old man.
Israel Police launched a search to hunt for the terrorists. Numerous “unrecognized” Bedouin encampments and small villages are located among the hills that run alongside Highway 31 between Arad and Be’er Sheva, as well as three “recognized” Bedouin towns.
No arrests have yet been made.Jewish Press News Briefs