Explosion at Bus Station in Jerusalem

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

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USA Today:

Update at 9:40 a.m. ET: Ha’aretz reports that four people have been critically injured in the blast, but no fatalities. The Israeli newspaper puts the number of injured at 15. 

Update at 9:32 a.m. ET: Bloomberg News, quoting Israel’s Channel 2, reports about 20 people injured in the blast. The Jerusalem Post says as many as 30 were injured in the blast.

Update at 9: 29 a.m. ET: A bus has exploded in Jerusalem, and people are being taken away on stretchers, the AP reports. The explosion occurred near the main entrance to Jerusalem, shattering windows. People are lying on the ground and taken away on stretchers, the AP reports.

Update at 9:25 a.m. ET: The BBC reports “many casualties feared.”

Earlier posting: A loud explosion has rocked Jerusalem, the Associated Press reports. It says witnesses report that a bus has exploded, but that has not been confirmed yet by authorities.

Image credit Channel 10 via Haaretz.

More here from the Telegraph.

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Witnesses said people could be seen lying on the floor covered in blood, and many cars and buses had shattered windows. 

It comes after Israeli warplanes launched fresh air strikes in Gaza city in response to a rocket attack from Palestinian militants.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, vowed decisive action against militants and suggested that future operations would not be surgical.

“No state would tolerate ongoing rocket fire on its cities and its citizens, and the state of Israel obviously will not tolerate it,” Mr Netanyahu said in parliament following the latest escalation.

More here including another image if the scene at Syracuse.com

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