Second and Third Israeli Victims in Istanbul Blast Named

Victims identified as Avraham Goldman and Jonathan Shor, who was celebrating his birthday in the Turkish capital with his wife.

A rescue mission prepares to take off to Istanbul on Sunday morning to aid Israelis wounded in an attack the previous day.
Magen David Adom

The second and third Israeli victims from Saturday's suicide bombing in Istanbul have been named as Jonathan Shor and Avraham Goldman.

Forty-year-old Shor, a father of two from Tel Aviv, was celebrating his birthday in the major Turkish city with his wife, Inbal, who was wounded in the blast and underwent surgery in Turkey on Saturday night. The sixty-nine-year old Goldman was from Herzliya.

The first Israeli victim was identified as 60-year-old Simcha Damari, a mother of four. Her husband was wounded in the attack, according to reports.

Israelis killed in Istanbul suicide bombing: Simcha Damari and Jonathan Shor.
Israeli killed in Istanbul suicide bombing: Avraham Goldman.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that two Israelis were killed in the bombing, adding that another Israeli was feared dead. 

On Sunday morning, an IDF rescue mission, aboard an air force plane, landed in Istanbul. The mission includes representatives from the Home Front Command, the air force and medical corps, as well as an emergency room and operating theater.

The mission aims to aid Israelis wounded in the bombing and return them to Israel, the IDF said. 

Two planes carrying a Magen David Adom rescue mission and five Israelis – two men and three women – wounded in Istanbul landed in Israel overnight and on Sunday morning. The wounded Israelis, all in light to moderate condition, were taken to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv for further treatment.

Another five wounded Israelis, four women in serious condition and a man in moderate condition, remain in Istanbul hospitals under Magen David Adom medical supervision. They are set to be transported to Israel on Sunday afternoon.