One of the Israelis injured in Wednesday’s attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, has now faced death by terror twice.
In 2002, Gadi Siboni was one of 34 people injured during an attack by the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade on the Likud party polling station in his home city of Beit She’an, in the Jordan Valley. Six people were killed in that attack.
On Wednesday, he and his wife arrived in Bulgaria for a vacation, and were on the bus that was blown up at Sarafovo International Airport. He broke both legs and suffered shrapnel wounds.
Five Israelis were killed in the attack, and 34 were wounded, numbers eerily similar to the Beit She’an incident, in which six were killed and 34 injured.
Speaking to Army Radio Thursday morning, Siboni sounded in good spirits. “Thank God, I’m alive, I’m breathing,” he said.
Siboni said he jumped from the bus, even though he knew he would likely break his legs.
“I had no choice, I would have choked from the smoke, so I jumped,” he said.
Siboni’s wife was also injured in the attack on Wednesday, but she seemed more concerned for her husband.
“Gadi was critically wounded in the huge attack in Beit She’an, and he spent a year in the hospital,” she told Maariv. “Now he was finally beginning to recover, and he was injured again. This man does not deserve that,” she cried.
According to her account, when the group got to the bus, they found that the air conditioner was not on, so several of the passengers left the bus to ask the driver to turn it on, That was when the bomb detonated. “Bodies were flying at me,” she said. “I don’t know how I survived. It was hell.”