Israelis Mourn Burgas Attack Victims at Israel Funerals: Iran Calls Suicide Bombing a 'Response'
Thousands of Israelis are mourning for the victims of a suicide bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Burgas. The funerals of Itzik Idan Kolengi and Amir Menashe were laid to rest at Petah Tikva's Segula Cemetery. At the Nahalat Asher Cemetery Maor Harush, 24 and his friend Elior Priess were laid to rest by their distraught next of kin. Kochava Shriki, 42, was buried in the Rishon Lezion Cemetery by scores of family, friends and neighbours. In heart-breaking scenes inconsolable relatives paid their last respects to their brethren. David Kolengi, Itzik Kolengi's brother vowed "I will never forget you. I promise you that the family and I will take care of your wife, Gilat, and your daughter" Kochava Shriki had only told her sister just moments before her death that she was pregnant. Shriki's husband, Yitzhak, searched for her for hours after the explosion at Burgas Airport separated them. The couple had been sitting together on the bus, but while Yitzhak had miraculously escaped serious injury his wife had taken the full force of the bomb. Meanwhile Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hinted at Iran's involvement in the terror act describing the attack as "a response" to Israeli "blows against Iran." Israel has vowed an appropriate response.