At least one person was killed and 14 injured in two bomb attacks on a bus station in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, according to Israeli authorities.
2 attacks with explosives Jerusalem They left a minor dead and 14 injured on Wednesday. This is the first such attack in years and has alarmed Israel as officials suspect it was a “combined attack”.
Early in the morning, the first explosion rocked a bus stop at one of the entrances to Jerusalem, and half an hour later another at another public transport stop at a crossroads in the Jewish Quarter of Lamot in occupied East Jerusalem. continued.
Both explosions were triggered in a similar manner. The explosive device, which also included a nail, was placed at a bus stop in a bag and then detonated remotely.
Police said this indicated a possible “combined attack” that was planned and executed in detail.
The first explosion was the most severe. 16-year-old boy dies after being evacuated to hospital Eleven people were injured, three in critical condition and one in moderate condition.
Three people were slightly injured by shrapnel in a second explosion, which occurred 30 minutes after the first.
Explosive attacks in public spaces and attacks on civilians have not been common in Jerusalem in recent years.
Last time was in 2016 attacks of this kind are more closely related to the time of the Second Intifada (2000-2005), when bomb attacks by Palestinian groups became a constant reality of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Palestinian factions have so far claimed no responsibility for the day’s attacks. Hamas and Islamic Jihad They admired it and took it for granted that its author was Palestinian.
Hamas said in a statement that it “congratulates the Palestinian people and our people in occupied Jerusalem for their heroic operation”, adding that the attack was “a threat to the (Israeli) occupation and settlers.” I thought it was the result of a crime,” he said. .”
Israeli security forces have put the country on high alert, especially Jerusalem, and blocked several access roads to the city. They also believe the suspect may still be in or around the city, so they are deploying reinforcements and conducting a “massive search” by land and air.
Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid has called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.
Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassadors to the international community and other international representatives condemned the attacks, including Tol Wensland, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process.
“I condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem today that killed a 16-year-old Israeli boy and injured many others. My condolences to the families of the victims,” Wends said. “Terrorism and violence against civilians can never be justified,” Rand said on Twitter.
I condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem today that killed a 16-year-old Israeli boy and injured many others. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorism and violence against civilians can never be justified.
—Tor Wennesland (@TWennesland) November 23, 2022
The Canadian embassy in Israel also responded, offering condolences to the family of the deceased and a Yeshiva (Jewish religious school) student with dual Israeli-Canadian citizenship.
Today’s attack follows Benjamin Netanyahu – the winner of the November 1 election – to form a government with his far-right and ultra-orthodox partners in negotiations hampered by disputes over control of various ministries. Occurs when continuing negotiations for
Bezalel Smotrik, leader of the far-right and religious Zionist party, said: “A murderous Arab terror is knocking on our door. We must immediately form a government and restore security to Israeli citizens.” claimed.
Similarly, supremacist and anti-Arab leader Itamar Ben Gubir, who is growing in popularity in Israel and is expected to turn over Netanyahu’s public security portfolio, was at the scene of the attack. , appealed for stronger action.
“It is time to take a strong hand against the terrorists. did.
All this comes after more than six months of intense tension in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with attacks by Palestinians and bloody raids by Israeli forces.
So far this year, 148 Palestinians have died in violence in the West Bank and Israel, making 2022 the worst year since 2006. On the Israeli side, 28 people were killed.
Meanwhile, Israel’s internal security agency (Shin Bet) has today assured the media that it has prevented more than 300 attacks in this year 2022, 34 of which will use explosives and two of which will be attempted suicide attacks. did.