1 killed, 18 injured in Jerusalem bus stop explosion

Israeli police blamed Palestinian terrorists and the Islamist terrorist group Hamas hailed the attack, but failed to claim responsibility.

The first explosion occurred near a bus station on the edge of Jerusalem. Commuters waiting for buses usually crowd there. A second blast occurred in the Lamothe district in the north of the city.

Police said one person was injured in the explosion and four others were seriously injured.

Police spokesman Eli Levi told Army Radio that the first explosion was caused by a powerful explosive device.

“It was many years ago that there was such a coordinated attack on Jerusalem,” Levi added.

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A Jewish man at the scene of an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem, Israel, November 23, 2022. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

The twin explosions occurred in a rush hour traffic jam.video from Immediately after The explosion showed debris littering the sidewalk as paramedics rushed the wounded to a waiting ambulance with sirens blaring.

“It was a crazy explosion. There’s damage all over here,” Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic who was on the scene when the first explosion occurred, told Army Radio. “I saw people with wounds and bleeding here and there.”

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Israeli police inspect a damaged bus following an explosion at a bus station in Jerusalem, Israel, November 23, 2022. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Avi Mayer, a former spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), said: Post to Twitter One person confirmed dead in the attack was 15-year-old Aryeh Shechopek, a Canadian student living in Jerusalem.

The blast comes at a time of heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions, with increasing Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. last few weeks An increase in arrest raids by the Israeli military.

So far, 2022 is the worst year for Israeli-Palestinian violence since 2006, with at least 25 people killed on the Israeli side and more than 130 Palestinians.

Israel has launched nearly every night, which began last spring after Palestinian offensives killed 19 Israelis, to dismantle the terrorist network because Palestinian security forces are unable or unwilling to do so. said arrest raids in the West Bank of Jordan were necessary.

Abdel Latif Al-Khanua, spokesman for Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip and once carried out suicide bombings against Israelis, praised the Jerusalem bombing but did not go so far as to claim responsibility. .

A spokesman linked the explosion to “a crime committed by”. [Israeli] occupation and settlers. ”

In response to the blast, Israel said it was closing two West Bank checkpoints to Palestinians near the West Bank city of Jenin, a terrorist stronghold.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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