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One dead in twin Jerusalem bus stop attacks — medics

By AFP - Nov 23,2022 - Last updated at Nov 23,2022

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — At least one person was killed and 14 wounded in two separate explosions in Jerusalem on Wednesday, security and medical officials said, with occupation authorities calling them "attacks".

An explosion at a bus stop at the western exit from Jerusalem killed a man and wounded 11. A separate blast at another stop a short distance away damaged a bus and wounded three people, the hospitals treating the casualties said.

The twin blasts struck half an hour apart, occupation authorities said, noting that explosives experts were at the scene with Israeli forces and forensic scientists "collecting evidence and scanning the area for suspects".

An AFP photographer at the scene said the blast had ripped a hole through a metal fence behind the bus stop, with an electric scooter and a hat lying on the ground.

The photographer said the second blast had torn through the side of a bus.

Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek hospital said a man had died of his wounds from the first explosion. Doctors were treating another person in critical condition, two seriously wounded and two lightly wounded.

Hadassah medical centre said it was treating six people injured in the first blast and another three people lightly wounded in the second.

Palestinian group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, praised the bombings.

"We congratulate our Palestinian people and our people in the occupied city of Jerusalem on the heroic special operation at the bus stop," Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif Al Qanua said.

The European Union's ambassador to Israel said he was "horrified by the terror attacks".

“I express my deepest condolences to the family of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to all injured. Terror is never justified,” Dimiter Tzantchev wrote on Twitter.

Following Wednesday’s bomb attacks, the Israeli military announced two checkpoints near the flashpoint West Bank city of Jenin had been closed.

During the second intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s, Palestinian militants repeatedly planted bombs at urban bus stops, including in Jerusalem.

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