A 23-year-old man from Ashkelon died after a bomb blew up a car in southern Tel Aviv late Tuesday night. The Magen David Adom ambulance service summoned to the site on Kibbutz Galuyot Street declared the man dead soon after arriving to the scene.
The police suspect at this initial stage that no assassination or act of terrorism was planned, and that the bomb blew up by accident while the car was parked. Details are now under investigation.
Gal Salhov, a medic with Magen David Adom, says he had been nearby and heard a loud boom, then saw the car on fire. Medic Naomi Khmelnitsky, also from Magen David Adom, says they couldn't approach the car because of the heat. After the fire was extinguished, they saw the body and all that remained was to determine his death, Salhov said.
Neighbors said the blast had been powerful enough to shake buildings hundreds of meters away, adding that it had been "frightening and stressful."