Liana Sakiyan
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Liana Sakiyan

6/1/2001

 
Liana Sakiyan

June 1, 2001 - Liana Sakiyan, 16, of Ramat Gan, was one of 21 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Tel-Aviv discotheque shortly before midnight on Friday night.

Liana arrived in Israel from Moscow a year and a half ago, together with her mother and twin brother Pyotr. Her father Leonid remained in Moscow.

A friend of hers said that, despite her family's absorption difficulties, she had tried to integrate into Israeli society as quickly as possible. The principal of the Ironi Aleph high school she attended said that Liana was an extremely gifted artist, and a high-spirited girl who quickly made friends with both immigrants and Israeli-born.

On Friday night, Liana went to the disco with her brother and two girlfriends, who were both injured in the blast. Her brother left soon after they arrived at the Dolphinarium because he did not have enough money with him - entry was free for girls that night.

Liana was buried in Kibbutz Givat Brenner.

 
 
 
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