Four Victims, One Terrorist, Still Hospitalized After Tel Aviv Shooting

‘That we got this boy back is a real gift,’ says the father of Asaf Bar, who has been able to speak with his family despite being shot in the head twice.

Police at the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016.
Tomer Appelbaum

Five of the people who suffered light to moderate wounds in Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv are still hospitalized, including one of the terrorists.

Four of them are at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital. One, who was moderately wounded, is hospitalized in the surgical intensive care unit, while two others, who have improved and are now in good condition, were removed from the intensive care unit and transferred to other wards.

The fourth is the terrorist, who was lightly wounded and is still in the general intensive care unit. The fifth person, who was moderately wounded, is in the trauma unit at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

Asaf Bar is one of the wounded still hospitalized at Ichilov.

“That we got this boy back is a real gift,” said his father, Avner Bar. Asaf was at Sarona Market's Max Brenner restaurant with his girlfriend.

“They were sitting at a table near the two terrorists, just half a meter away. Asaf and his girlfriend even laughed together about how they [the terrorists] were wearing suits,” Bar said.

“The first thing the terrorist did was fire two bullets at Asaf’s head. He survived this by a miracle. He’s spoken to us and moved all his limbs, and he was conscious all the way to the hospital. One bullet was removed and the second bullet is still in his head.”

President Reuven Rivlin visited the wounded at Ichilov on Thursday. “This is another difficult day for the State of Israel and the people of Israel, and our hearts are first of all with the families who lost their relatives,” he said.

“We went to visit the wounded, who are recovering thanks to the medical staff and are now out of danger. We’re living through days when we realize that we have no Iron Dome against terror, and especially not against terror that isn’t perpetrated by organizations, but rather is opportunistic terror perpetrated by individuals or groups.”