The Edge of Terrorism
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|Atara Arbesfeld||July 20th 2012|
An Israeli woman who had received the news that she was pregnant the morning of her flight to Bulgaria was among the victims killed in yesterday’s terror attack at the Burgas airport according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.
Kochava and her husband Itzik Chriqui left on vacation for three days to Bulgaria. On the day of the flight, it was revealed that she was finally pregnant after attempting unsuccessfully to have a child for four years. Her husband suffered from minor injuries and returned to Israel to receive treatment. Her sister was shocked when she received the tragic news of Kochava’s death that afternoon, as they waited for Itzik at Ben Gurion airport.
“Those evil murderers. She is a 42-year-old pregnant woman. Two of them went, her and her baby. They were just going away for a three-day vacation and they had to return in a coffin” said one of Kochava’s sisters, Yael Mored, in anguish. “She was our little sister,” added another sister of Kochava. “She had no children and got pregnant after four years of treatment. The day she left for the trip, she received the news that she was pregnant.”
“She got in touch with me around 2:30 and said she arrived on board of the plane,” reported Yael. “When I heard about the terror attack, I told my husband “it could not be her.”
Members of Kochava’s family also reported on Itzik’s condition. “When it was first reported, it was said that he lost consciousness,” said Yael. “My husband told me that he spoke with Itzik who said that he was flying and lost connection, and we did not hear from Kochava. Until four in the morning we had a flicker of hope until we saw that she was not on the injured list, we realized the worst had happened.”
Atara Arbesfeld writes for the Algemeiner, from where this article is adapted.