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Jul 18, 2002 | 9th of Av, 5762 | ט׳ באב תשס״ב
July 18, 2002 – Yocheved Ben-Hanan, 21 of Emmanuel was one of nine people killed in a terrorist attack on Dan bus no. 189 traveling from Bnei Brak to Emmanuel in Samaria on July 16. She died of her wounds two days later.
A Palestinian terrorist cell apparently dressed in IDF uniforms, ambushed a bus from Bnei Brak a few hundred meters from the entrance to Emmanuel. Shortly after 3:00 P.M. two 20-kilo bombs were set off about 200 meters from the town’s entrance damaging the bus’s front tires and forcing it off the road.
The explosion damaged the bus doors, trapping the passengers inside. The terrorists then started to shoot at the bus firing through the unprotected roof and throwing grenades through the narrow upper windows which are not armored.
Yocheved Ben-Hanan, the second daughter of Yosef and Miriam Ben-Hanan was a student at the Chabad teachers seminary for women. She had worked as a teaching assistant in the Chabad school in Eilat last year and also taught religious studies in Emmanuel.
Yocheved who was a gifted mathematics student, was on her way home from handing scholarship forms into the bank so she could continue her studies in math and education. Critically wounded in the attack, she died at Tel Hashomer Hospital after being unconscious for two days.
Yocheved Ben-Hanan was buried in the Lod. She is survived by her parents Yosef and Miriam, two brothers and two sisters.
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