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Liverpool's Benayoun shocked by bombing

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun admits he was shocked after learning that his father was standing 20 yards away from the terrorist explosion that caused carnage in his home town of Dimona.

Benayoun was visiting his family, ahead of Israel's meeting with Romania, when a suicide bomber detonated a blast that left one woman dead and 43 people injured, one seriously.

It was only when the telephone rang, moments later, that he realised how close his father Dudu had come to being caught up in the bloodshed.

"He had gone into the town centre to buy some vegetables," he said. "He was so close to what happened, no more than 20 metres away, that he actually saw the explosion. He phoned straightaway to say he was all right, but the things he told me left me shaking.

"He saw bodies flying through the air and people running in all directions, scared for their lives. Then he found out there was another bomber whose belt had not gone off. If it had, he might not still be here. You see these sort of things on television, but when you are involved, it brings home the full horror.

"My dad considers himself to be lucky, because he knows it could have been so much worse."



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