Jerusalem — Two explosions near a bus station in Jerusalem on Wednesday killed one person and injured at least 14 others. Police said they suspected an attack by Palestinians. The first explosion occurred near a bus stop on the edge of the city where commuters were waiting for buses. A second attack was made at Lamotte, a settlement north of the city.
Police said one person was killed in the wounds, while Israeli rescuer Magen David Adom said four people were seriously injured in the blast.
the obvious attacknext month in Israel It was sparked by a series of deadly attacks against Israelis that killed 19 people. Palestinian attacks have increased in recent weeks.
Violence also erupted as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held coalition talks after national elections..
Itamar Ben-GwirHe, who has called for the death penalty for Palestinian attackers and is set to become the minister in charge of police under Netanyahu, said the attacks were a sign that Israel needed to take a tougher stance against Palestinian attackers. Said it meant
At the scene of the first explosion, he said, “We have to pay the price out of fear.” “To restore deterrence against terrorism, we must return to control Israel.”
According to police, their initial findings indicated that explosive devices had been placed at two sites. The two blasts occurred during a rush hour traffic jam, with police blocking part of a highway leading out of the city, before the first exploded.
A video shortly after the first explosion showed debris littering the sidewalk, along with the screams of an ambulance. Lamotte’s bus was littered with debris.
Medic Yosef Haim Gabay, who was on the scene when the first explosion occurred, told Israeli Army Radio: “I saw people with wounds and bleeding here and there.”
In recent years, Palestinians have stabbed, car-rammed, and gunned down, but bombing attacks have become very rare since the end of Palestinian riots nearly two decades ago.
Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip and once carried out suicide bombings against Israelis, praised the perpetrators of the attack and called it a heroic operation, but fell short of claiming responsibility. .
Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Khanua said: “The occupation pays for its crimes and attacks on our people.
In response to the blast, Israel said it was closing two West Bank checkpoints to Palestinians near the West Bank city of Jenin, a militant stronghold.
More than 130 Palestinians have died this year in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, making 2022 the worst year since 2006. However, young people who threw stones in protest at the military invasion and who were not involved in the confrontation were also killed.
At least five Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks in recent weeks.
Israel occupied the West Bank along with East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinians are seeking territory for their long-awaited independent state.