Hilton chain asked to compensate Sinai victims
An Israeli attorney demanded Monday that the Hilton hotel chain compensate the victims of last Thursday's Sinai terror attacks who were staying at the Taba Hilton.
The attorney, Moshe Zingel, sent a letter to the hotel chain Monday, asking it to accept responsibility for the security and belongings of the guests at its hotels.
Zingel, who is representing a small number of the attack victims, including some foreign nationals, says in his letter to Theo Keutzer, deputy president of the Hilton chain in West Europe and the Middle East, that his clients paid for their holiday and therefore the hotel was obliged to ensure their personal safety and belongings.
"You failed to fulfill this elementary duty," Zingel writes, "and on the night of October 7, the said explosion occurred and my clients suffered serious harm to their persons, physical and mental health, as well as their property."
Zingel is demanding that the hotel chain conduct an assessment of the compensation and damages that will not be paid out to his clients under Israeli law or insurance policies, noting that these sums could reach tens of millions of dollars.
If the chain fails to respond to his letter, the attorney writes, he will be forced to take legal action.
The Taba attack occurred when a bomb-laden vehicle crashed into the foyer of the Taba Hilton. Twin blasts took place almost simultaneously at a nearby Sinai resort area.
Thirty-two people were killed in the attacks, among them 12 Israelis. Security sources have told Haaretz that the bodies of all the Israelis missing since the blast have been located.
The bodies of six Israelis killed in the Taba Hilton attack were transferred across the adjacent border crossing into Eilat Monday morning, thus completing the task of returning all the bodies to Israel for final identification and burial.