Two Sisters and Their Husbands Among the Dead in Negev Attack

Among the eight Israelis killed in Thursday's terrorist attack near Eilat were two sisters and their husbands, all of Kfar Sava.

Dov Karlinsky was driving accompanied by his wife, Shula, her sister, Flora Gez, and Flora's husband, Moshe. They were heading south when the border highway was blocked by gunmen who shot them each at point-blank range, an eyewitness said.

Among the other fatalities in the attacks was Yossi Levy, 57, of Holon. Levy and his wife Etti, who was wounded, were driving home from a vacation in Eilat.

Etti Levy was released from Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat to attend her husband's funeral. Relatives said she saved herself by playing dead for more than an hour and recited the prayer "Hear O Israel" while waiting for help.

Also killed in the attacks was Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Avrahami, 49, of Jerusalem, a member of the Yamam anti-terrorist unit of the Israel Police.

Another fatality was Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali, 22, of the Israel Defense Forces' Golani Brigade. In addition, the driver of an otherwise empty bus was killed, but his name has not yet been released.

Hundredsattend funeral

Hundreds including police chief Yohanan Danino, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro attended Avrahami's funeral on Friday at the Mount Herzl cemetery. Several hundred people also attended Naftali's funeral at the cemetery.

Naftali's family is among the most prominent in the settlement of Ofra. He was killed in the first volley of gunfire after his unit arrived to face the gunmen. Naftali was to have completed his army service in the next several months.

Dani Gez was a passenger in the car traveling behind Dov Karlinsky's car when it was ambushed. Flora Gez's husband Moshe was Dani's brother.

Weapons drawn

Dani became suspicions when Karlinsky's car encountered a row of men in the middle of the highway. "It was clear to me that at a police roadblock they don't come out with weapons drawn on civilians," Gez said. So he told his friend at the wheel, whom he identified as Meir, to try to back up and get away.

Then the shooting started. Gez said the men in blue uniforms were joined by others in camouflage fatigues. As Meir tried to drive away, one of the gunmen shot at their car.

"When he didn't manage to stop us, I saw him aim his weapon at [Dov Karlinsky's] head and fire a single shot," Gez recalled. He said he thought the men dressed in camouflage were Egyptian soldiers. They then began firing at Meir's car, but it seemed they were aiming at the tires.

"It seemed to me that at first they didn't want to kill us, maybe to kidnap us." Meir made a U-turn and escaped, even though the gunfire had blown out one of his tires. "I was the only one who looked back at [Karlinsky's] car," Gez said. "I saw through the window how they fired a single bullet into the head of each of the four."