- At least 14 were injured in two blasts at bus stops.
- Hamas glorifies violence, not taking responsibility.
- The explosions are reminiscent of the 2000-05 bus bombings
Jerusalem, November 23, 2011 Two bombs exploded on the outskirts of Jerusalem, killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring at least 14 people, Israeli officials said. .
Police blamed the first blast on an early morning rush hour bomb at a bus station near the city’s exit. The second – 30 minutes later – hit a bus stop near a settlement east of the city.
“There has not been such a concerted attack in Jerusalem for many years,” police spokesman Eli Levi told Israel’s Army Radio.
The devices were hidden in bags, sealed with nails and apparently detonated remotely by cellphone, Israel’s public broadcaster Khan Radio said.
Security camera footage shows the moment the first blast took place as a sudden cloud of smoke billowed from the bus stop. Television showed debris strewn around the station, surrounded by emergency services.
According to the ambulance service, 12 people were taken to hospital in the first explosion and 3 people were injured in the second. A 16-year-old Canadian-Israeli citizen died in hospital.
The United Nations, the European Union and the United States condemned the attack.
“Terrorism is a never-ending dead end,” the US embassy tweeted.
The Canadian ambassador confirmed the slain teenager had Canadian citizenship and described the bombing as a “reprehensible terrorist attack”.
Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will do everything to restore security by negotiating with allies from religious and right-wing parties to form a new government after the election.
“We still have a war on terror that has kept its head up,” the veteran former prime minister said during a visit to a hospital where the wounded were being treated.
A spokesman for the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza praised the explosion in Jerusalem but refused to take responsibility. Abdel-Latif al-Qanua linked the explosion to “Israeli (Israeli) occupation and crimes committed by settlers.”
In the year The blast, which echoes the bus bombings that characterized the 2000 to 2005 Palestinian uprising, comes after months of tension in the Israeli-occupied West Bank after the Israeli military cracked down on a series of Palestinian attacks. In Israel.
Coordinated Explosions This year, mostly Palestinian lone wolf stabbings, shootings and car attacks appear to be at an all-time high.
Itamar Ben-Givir, an ultra-nationalist Israeli lawmaker who is one of Netanyahu’s coalition partners, called for a tougher crackdown on security forces, saying they “should go door-to-door looking for guns and restore our defensive powers.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian militants seized the body of an Israeli high school student from a nearby car accident at a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday evening, the teenager’s uncle told Khan Radio.
The young man’s father and some Israeli officials said the gunmen took him off life support before taking him away.
A diplomatic source told Reuters that the United Nations was mediating the release of the body and that the Israeli army was expected to do so soon.
The causes of seizures are not clear.
Reporting by Mayan Lubel and Emily Rose in Jerusalem; Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Ali Sawafta in Ramallah text by James McKenzie and Mayan Lubel; Editing by Kim Coghill, Robert Birsle, Gareth Jones and Mark Heinrich
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