Chabad Center in Mumbai: The Final Assault

As I prepare to go off to morning prayers, the picture in Mumbai is still unclear. Indian commandos are carrying out an operation to free the hostages at the Chabad center.

You can watch developments live here.

In the meantime, please say Psalms for Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma, Rivka bas Yehudis and Moshe Tzvi Ben Rivkah, and anyone affected by the tragedy.

Updates (Israel time)

7:35AM: At least 4 bodies have been reportedly found inside the Chabad center, but it is currently not known whether or not they were Israelis.

8:25AM: Two of the Aussies murdered by the terrorists.

8:28AM: Heart-breaking:

The two-year-old son of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka is asking about the whereabouts of his parents, his nanny told Ynet.


The nanny, Sandra Samuel, is a local who had been living with the family. She and the toddler are currently staying in the Israeli Consulate in Mumbai. “The baby is okay, but I have no idea about the couple. Nobody told us anything,” she said.

“In the evening his mother always puts him to sleep and now he doesn’t understand what’s going on,” she added.

11:15AM: More explosions and gunfire have been heard from the Mumbai Chabad house, with reports that the fourth and fifth floors have been evacuated.

11:25AM: It is times like this I feel like quitting blogging and joining an Indian commando unit.

12:05PM: 2 Israeli businessmen have been released from Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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