Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jews Lightly Injured at Brussels Terror Attacks

VIN News - Brussels - An unknown number of Orthodox Jews are among the thousands of passengers currently stranded in a hangar at the Brussels airport following a pair of deadly explosions this morning.  The death toll is currently at 31 with another 55 injured in the bomb blasts.

Two Belzer Chasidim are among the injured according to Kikar HaShabbat.  Chaim Winternitz, a Jerusalem resident, was in Antwerp for a family simcha and was returning home with his family at the time of the blast.  Winternitz, who sustained an injury to his leg,  has already been released from the hospital and is expected to return to Israel soon with his family.  A second unidentified Chasidic victim sustained a broken leg and is currently undergoing surgery in a Belgian hospital.

An amateur video posted to YouTube, that is being broadcasted widely by all major media outlets, shows the devastation at the airport terminal, with plumes of grey smoke pouring out of the building’s shattered windows.  Passengers can be seen fleeing the terminal and two Yiddish speaking men can be heard among the crowd, with one telling the other that they need to leave before another bomb explodes.

Yisroel Yaakov Yeret of Ichud Hatzolah was among those who was davening Shachris at the airport when the explosions took place. Yeret was on his way from Israel to the United States at the time of the attack.

Yeret said that the passengers were evacuated to a large hangar where they are being bused in groups of 50 to an unknown location.

“No one has any idea what they are going to be doing with us, where we will be,” said Yeret.  “There is no food, no drink, not even a place to charge a telephone.”

Yeret says United Hatzolah volunteers were assisting paramedics who came to treat the injured.

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