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At Least 14 Dead in Jerusalem Bus Blast

Aired June 11, 2003 - 11:19   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Joining us on the telephone is the deputy director of the Hadassah Medical Services, Shmuel Shapiro.
Are You there, Mr. Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro, are you there? Mr. Shapiro, are you there?

SHMUEL SHAPIRO, HADASSAH MEDICAL SERVICES: Hello.

HARRIS: I understand it's busy, very hectic and chaotic there on the ground in Jerusalem. Apparently, Mr. Shapiro is working on more than one telephone. He is talking in ours as well.

Mr. Shapiro, are you there?

SHAPIRO: I'm here (INAUDIBLE) ... to do. I cannot stand for 10 minutes and wait to be on the air.

HARRIS: We understand and apologize for making you wait at all.

SHAPIRO: Do not apologize. I have patients I want to treat.

HARRIS: Sir, you are on the air right now. Can you tell us right now how many people you are treating?

SHAPIRO: We have been treating 30 wounded patients, until now. They are bringing in other patients that arrive to us in the trauma unit.

Of the patients are severely wounded. The other wounds are mildly to moderately wounded. And we see the same injuries that we have seen previously. We have seen blast injuries. We have seen severe burns. We have seen wounds from shrapnel, and the same thing that we have been seeing already for the last 30 months of terror.

Until now, without (UNINTELLIGIBLE), we have been admitted in Hadassah 2,240 terror victims. And today, until now, we have admitted another 30.

HARRIS: Are you expecting any more casualties to come in?

SHAPIRO: We have been announced we are receiving another surgical patient, secondary triage, from another hospital in Jerusalem. As we know from our previous experience, that we are admitting marginally wounded patients that arrive with trauma, with full of trauma, and other things, because usually they tend to arrive a little bit later, and we are still expecting them. HARRIS: I understand. Mr. Shapiro, can you tell us whether or not any of the patients you treated have talked to you about what happened on that bus?

SHAPIRO: It's too soon. The incident, the first patient arrived about half an hour ago, and ambulances are still arriving. Just now another ambulance arrived. Patients are in shock. Even all the wounded patients are in emotional shock and distress. it's very hard to get information from them. But the thing we know from the (UNINTELLIGIBLE), the Israel equivalent of the Red Cross, is that this has been a very bad incident. They somewhat describe it to me as an ugly incident, and all the incidents of course it's been ugly. And probably there are quite many fatalities there, but we don't know.

HARRIS: Well, and we understand you're very busy. We apologize for making you wait.

SHAPIRO: OK. No, it's OK.

HARRIS: We will let you go to your work, sir. Thank you very much, Mr. Shmuel Shapiro, deputy director of the Hadassah Medical Center there in Jerusalem.

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