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The bus driver Photo: Motti Kimchi
The bus driver Photo: Motti Kimchi

US embassy forbids workers to take mini-bus taxis

Following attempted Bat Yam attack, US embassy urges employees to avoid public transportation. Police Commissioner Danino sends out more officers to patrol streets, Bnei Brak honors bus driver

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 12.24.13, 15:34 / Israel News

The Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv announced Tuesday that US citizen employees of the embassy and their families are temporarily prohibited from using mini-bus shared taxi services in central Israel.


The temporary prohibition is in effect for the next two weeks as the embassy will assess the security implications of the December 22 bomb attack on a public bus in Bat Yam.


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"US citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security," the announcement read.


The bus explosion in Bat Yam (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The bus explosion in Bat Yam (Photo: Motti Kimchi)


"US citizens should pay close attention to their surroundings and news reports, and follow the civil defense guidance provided by the Home Front Command."


The driver of Dan line 240 received a certificate of recognition from the city of Bnei Brak for his role in preventing loss of life in Sunday's bombing.


"We wish that everyone should be so happy like him to save people whenever they can," the mayor said.


The driver of the bus had spotted an unattended bag on board, stopped the vehicle and ordered passengers to disembark. The explosion occurred shortly after.


Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said that he has sent out more troops to the streets due to the recent terror attacks.


"The event in Bat Yam shows how the threat of terror is lingering in the background, specifically now that there are attempts to press on with negotiations."



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