Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra and Southern District Police Commander Uri Bar-Lev visited Soroka hospital where the two guards wounded in Sunday's suicide bombing in Be'er Sheva are hospitalized.
"Your sons are heroes. They saved human life and prevented a lethal terror attack," the two officials told relatives of the guards, identified as Lawi Abu-Jama'a, a 26-year-old Bedouin who is married and a father of two, and Pavel Srotzkin, who is in his 20s.
Concerned relatives wait for word on guard (Photo: Amir Cohen)
Notably, the Abu-Jama'a family had to contend with a difficult blow several months ago after four family members died in a car accident in the south.
Abu-Jama'a has been working as a bus security guard for three and a half years, and has also volunteered for the Civilian Guard, a voluntary organization of citizens who assist the police in its daily duties, in the past five years.
At the entrance to the intensive care wing where abu-Jama'a is hospitalized, dozens of relatives have gathered and are anxiously awaiting word on his condition.
Family members told Ynet they found out about Abu-Jama'a's wounds through word of mouth and realized something was wrong after he failed to answer his phone.
'We need to end the conflict'
Samir, Abu-Jama'a's brother-in-law, told Ynet the guard's wife was told he sustained light injuries so she doesn't worry.
"Only when we know more clearly what his condition is we'll inform her and bring her to the hospital," he said.
Another relative said: "Only several months ago we spoke about terror attacks and I asked him whether he was scared about a terrorist coming and blowing himself up. Lawi replied, without hesitating, that this was his job and livelihood and he wasn't scared at all."
Meanwhile, Suleiman al-Talkat, an official in the municipality of Aruar where Abu-Jama'a resides, said he is not sure whether completing the West Bank security fence is the solution for terror attacks.
"We need to find away to end the ongoing conflict," he said. "The timing of the attack, exactly when efforts are being made to prevent (terror,) proves that some people are not interested in peace and quiet."
The family of the other wounded guard, Pavel Srotzkin, also arrived at the hospital, but requested to protect its privacy and not speak to the media.