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March 22, 2016 10:17 am

Israeli Witness to Brussels Bombings: ‘We Were Praying When We Heard a Boom — Just Like in Israel’

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A photo from the scene of the Brussels airport explosions. Photo: Anonymous.

A photo from the scene of the Brussels airport explosions. Photo: Anonymous.

An Israeli present during Tuesday morning’s airport bombings in Belgium recounted the moment of the attack to Israel’s Channel 10.

Yisrael Yeret, who was on his way from New York to Israel – with a stopover in Brussels – told Channel 10 that he and a number of other Israelis were in the midst of conducting their morning (Shacharit) prayers when the blasts occurred.

“[Suddenly] we heard the kind of ‘boom’ we are familiar with in Israel, and a minute later, there was another explosion,” he said, adding that thousands of people were inside the airport at the time.

“We went downstairs, and we heard police shouting, each yelling something different. One told people to go to the right; another told people to go to the left. Eventually, they took us to an open, but fenced-off area of the airport,” where there were tens of thousands of people, some of whom fainted.

“We are now waiting here and nobody is giving us information. Members of airport security told us they want us to wait here for another 48 hours. In the meantime, they have been distributing bottled beverages to everybody, but we don’t know who’s who or what’s what.”

On Tuesday morning, three explosions occurred, one after the other — two at the airport and one at a subway station in the center of the city — killing more than 30 people and wounding 170. According to CNN, at least one of the blasts was a suicide-bombing.

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