Lily Yunes
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Lily Yunes

4/17/2006


Apr 17, 2006 - Lily Yunes, 43, of Oranit was one of 11 people killed during the Passover  holiday in a suicide bombing at the Rosh Ha'ir shawarma restaurant, near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

It was supposed to be an auspicious day for the Yunes family. Lily, her husband Menahem, their sons Lidor,  and Tzach, and Lidor's girlfriend, Elodie Zion, visiting from France, went together to Tel Aviv's old central bus station to purchase equipment for a new business the family was about to establish for the older sons. They decided to stop for a bite on the way, so Menahem dropped the four off near the shawarma stand and stayed in the car. Then came the blast, followed by frantic running between Ichilov, where his sons were hospitalized, and Wolfson, where Elodie was taken. Lily's body was identified in the evening.

Lily ran a Na'amat day care center in Matan, a nearby community. Her husband described her as the mainstay of the family. The couple had been married for over 20 years, having grown up in the same neighborhood. 

Lily Yunes was buried in the Yarkon Cemetery near Petah Tikva. She is survived by her husband, Menahem, and their four children - Lidor, 24, Assaf, 22, Bat-El, 17, and Tzach, 10.

 
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