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Jerusalem bus stations hit by twin bombs, 1 killed in explosions

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TEL AVIV — One Israeli was killed and not less than 18 others injured after explosions went off at two bus stops in Jerusalem on the top of the morning rush hour, in what Israeli safety forces are treating as a “combined terror attack.”

The blasts come amid a surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians this yr however there are fears it may symbolize a escalation and a return to the bombing campaigns of 20 years in the past.

The first explosion occurred at round 7:05 a.m. native time, close to a bus station positioned on the exit from the town. Half an hour later, one other blast went off at a bus station close to the Ramot Junction simply over two miles away. Both bus stops had been full of college students.

Aryeh Chupack, a 16-year-old Canadian yeshiva scholar who lived within the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, was killed within the first assault.

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Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency companies, mentioned that 4 of the injured had been in critical situation.

Israeli police mentioned that the bombs at each websites had been activated remotely by a mobile phone. It mentioned that the explosives had been positioned in luggage and contained nails and items of metals to maximise influence.

More than 5,000 Israeli safety officers had been deployed all through Jerusalem within the wake of the blasts, together with to go looking different bus stops for any extra planted explosives.

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The incident recalled the second intifada of the early 2000s, throughout which Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group, orchestrated a wave of bombings throughout Israel.

“This is a complex combined attack in two arenas, which appears to be the result of an organized infrastructure, and not spontaneous act as we have come to know in recent years,” mentioned Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev Wednesday morning after visiting the 2 explosion websites.

The bombings are a departure from the decrease tech, extra lone wolf-style assaults with which Israel has grappled in more moderen years. Since final spring, a string of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and automobile rammings have put Israel on excessive alert. In response, the Israeli navy has carried out close to nightly raids, particularly across the West Bank metropolis of Jenin, from the place quite a few assailants have originated.

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On Tuesday evening, Palestinian gunmen took the physique of Tiran Fero, an 18-year-old Israeli citizen from the Druze city of Daliyat al-Karmel, after he was killed in a automobile crash and hospitalized in Jenin. Israel is in talks with the Palestinian Authority to return the physique, Daliyat al-Karmel Mayor Rafik Halibi informed Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster.

Adi Fero, Tiran’s uncle informed Kan that members of the Islamic Jihad, a militant group with a big presence in Jenin, had kidnapped the physique. He mentioned that Fero was a highschool scholar within the twelfth grade and never a soldier, as could have been suspected by the gunmen.

Palestinian militants have prior to now kidnapped Israelis to barter the discharge of Palestinian prisoners.

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Last week, a Palestinian teenager carried out a mixed stabbing and automobile ramming assault close to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, killing three Israelis.

Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s within the midst of coalition negotiations to type essentially the most right-wing authorities in Israel’s historical past tweeted on Wednesday morning that he was “praying for the peace of the injured in the combined terror attack in Jerusalem this morning and backing the security forces operating in the field.”

Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right politician who is about to be appointed as Israel’s public safety minister, tweeted that the bombing “takes us back to the difficult intifada period. It’s time to take a hard hand against terrorists, it’s time to make order.”

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