Latest reports revealed that one Israeli woman died of serious wounds sustained during the blast the took place in at a bus stop in West Jerusalem, and that 31 Israelis were injured, some seriously.At least one person is in a very serious condition, three others are in serious conditions, and five suffered moderate injuries. The rest sustained mild injuries, Israeli sources reported.
Israeli Ynet News quoted Ovadia Shemesh, Deputy Director of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, stating that most of the wounded are between 15 and 30 years old.
Palestinian Prime Minister in the West Bank, Dr. Salaam Fayyad, denounced the attack regardless of its background, and expressed his wishes for a full recovery to the wounded.
Israeli Internal Security Minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, said that the explosion resulted from an explosive that was hidden in a bag that was hidden at the bus stop.
25 Injured in Jerusalem Explosion, Netanyahu Delays Moscow Visit
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies – Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:52:00
The explosion that took place in Jerusalem was caused by an explosive placed in a phone booth in Jerusalem. It detonated as a bus was driving by the booth and resulted in 25 injuries.
According to some reports, one of the wounded was declared clinically dead.
Israeli sources reported that one person was arrested in West Jerusalem in relation to the blast. The person’s ID or nationality were not made public.
The Israeli police and army were heavily deployed in the area and in areas that lead to Bethlehem and Ramallah.
Roadblocks were installed in the West Bank and harsher security measures were enforced, especially around Jerusalem.
According to Israel’s TV, Channel 2, the Palestinian Red Crescent contacted the Israeli Emergency Services and offered to help.
The Israeli Radio reported that Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had cancelled his Moscow visit after receiving news of the blast.
Netanyahu is currently holding talks with his advisors regarding the issue and recent escalation of events in the area.
Three weeks ago, a Palestinian worker was injured when an explosive device, placed in a trash bag, detonated near him. The incident took place near a road that leads to Gilo settlement, south of Jerusalem.
BREAKING NEWS: Bus Explosion in Jerusalem
Circarre Parrhesia, IMEMC & Agencies, Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:37:14
Several news outlets are reporting that an explosion has rocked Jerusalem, on Wednesday.
The explosion, the source of which remains unknown, occurred approximately 20 minutes ago, at a bus stop on the number 74 route, near to the central bus station in Jerusalem.
This bus route is used for passengers going between Jerusalem and the settlement of Maale Adumim, the largest settlement in the occupied West Bank.
The bomb was contained in a bag, placed in a shopping cart near to the bus stop.
Early reports are stating that at around 31 persons have been injured, one critically and three seriously, but no deaths are reported.
Reports are stating that although a number of injured persons have been taken to hospital, and that most of the injured persons are suffering from shock. Three persons are believed to be seriously injured.
Israeli sources are claiming that the attack was a ‘terror attack’, but currently there is no evidence that the attack was such, nor has any group claimed responsibility.