TEL AVIV (Mar. 9)
Israeli authorities rate the terrorist attack on the Savoy Hotel here Wednesday night as the worst since the raid on Maalot last May 15 when 30 Israelis, mostly students, were killed. The final death toll reached 18 when the bodies of five hostages were dug out of the rubble of the hotel. The four-story building was partially demolished when the terrorists set off explosive charges as an Israeli commando unit stormed the hotel at dawn Thursday.
The additional dead were identified as Asher Felmann 15, of Holland; Hans Saffen, a German; Maria Krahenbil, of Switzerland; Andreas Lamror, of Switzerland; and Niari Simons, of Somalia.
Meanwhile, funeral services were held for the three Israeli soldiers killed in the explosion Col. Uzzi Ya’Yiri and Pvt. Moshe Deutchman were buried at the Tel Aviv military cemetery. The services were attended by Premier Yitzhak Rabin, Defense Minister Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff Gen. Mordechai Gur and officers and men of the paratroop unit to which Col. Ya’Yiri, a veteran of the Yom Kippur War, belonged, The third soldier, Sgt. Itamar Ben David, was buried in his home settlement, Kfar Yehezkel in the Jezreel Valley.
Kari Felmann, who was severely injured and was evacuated from the hotel with the permission of the terrorists before the blast, remained in Ichilov Hospital today, unaware that his son was dead. The boy had been attending a yeshiva here. Felmann and his wife returned to Holland six months ago after having lived in Israel for several years. Their eldest son was killed in Sinai a year ago. The father and younger son were to have returned to Holland this week.