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Jerusalem - Bomb Blast Hits Bus In Tel Aviv, 23 Wounded; Al-Aqsa Brigade Claims Responsibility

Published on: November 21, 2012 06:06 AM
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Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. An explosion hit a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Nir Elias Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. An explosion hit a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Jerusalem -  A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 23 people, Israeli officials said.

Hospital officials said that one person was seriously injured, another moderately and the remainder were in light condition.

The Palestinian terrorist group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility, according to Palestinian media reports.

The attack came as diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, shuttled around the region to try to broker a cease fire following a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis.

The bus exploded about noon on one of the coastal city’s busiest arteries, near the Tel Aviv museum and across from an entrance to Israel’s national defense headquarters.

The bus was charred and blackened, its side windows blown out and its glass scattered on the asphalt. The wounded were evacuated and blood was splattered on the sidewalk.

An Israeli driver who witnessed the explosion told Army Radio the bus was “completely charred inside.” Another witness said there were few passengers on the bus when it exploded. The witnesses spoke to Israeli TV and were not identified.

More than 1,000 Israelis were killed during the violent Palestinian uprising in the last decade in bombings and shooting attacks. More than 5,000 Palestinians were killed as well.

The last bombing in Tel Aviv was in April 2006, when a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 11 people at a sandwich stand near the city’s old central bus station. A bomb left at a bus stand in Jerusalem last year killed one person.

In Gaza, the Tel Aviv bombing was praised from mosque loudspeakers, while Hamas’ television interviewed people praising the attack as a return of militants’ trademark tactics.

Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Police commissioner Yohanan Danino said that all signs point to a terror attack. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra orthodox rescue personnel look on at the scene of an explosion on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving 10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Eye witnesses described a scene of panic as most onlookers were convinced that Hamas had made good on its earlier threat to resume suicide bomb attacks against Israeli civilians. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra orthodox rescue personnel look on at the scene of an explosion on a Tel Aviv passenger bus on Wednesday Nov 21 2012 leaving 10 people wounded, three of them seriously. Eye witnesses described a scene of panic as most onlookers were convinced that Hamas had made good on its earlier threat to resume suicide bomb attacks against Israeli civilians. (Credit: Flash90)
A wounded woman is carried on a stretcher from the scene of an explosion in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. The U.S. Secretary of State on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and a bomb exploded on a Tel Aviv bus.  (Credit: REUTERS)A wounded woman is carried on a stretcher from the scene of an explosion in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. The U.S. Secretary of State on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and a bomb exploded on a Tel Aviv bus.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A wounded woman is treated on the ground as smoke rises from a bus after an explosion in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)A wounded woman is treated on the ground as smoke rises from a bus after an explosion in Tel Aviv November 21, 2012. A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding several people, Israeli officials said. The blast came amid a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding several people, Israeli officials said. The blast came amid a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding several people, Israeli officials said. (Credit: AP)Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding several people, Israeli officials said. (Credit: AP)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)
A general view of the scene after a terrorist attack on a bus in central Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)A general view of the scene after a terrorist attack on a bus in central Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)
A general view of the scene after a terrorist attack on a bus in central Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)A general view of the scene after a terrorist attack on a bus in central Tel Aviv, Israel, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)Israeli police and rescue personnel at the scene of the bus bombing in central Tel Aviv, 21 November 2012. A bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv injured at least ten people, threatening efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. (Credit: EPA)

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:22 AM Yawvous Says:

How sad. BDE

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:50 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

We see again and again, Rabbi Meir Kahane should have been listened to. The man was right.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:55 AM MBYIsrael Says:

latest count is 21, 3, seriously no dead, B"H

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:55 AM Anonymous Says:

confirmed as a terror attack by TA police

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:25 AM monalisa Says:

What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over & over again & expecting a different outcome. Time to stop talking. Action, not words. Never trust Hillary, she is an anti-semite of the first order (I know this from someone who worked for her when she was First Lady.) Israel needs to stop believing there can be peace, there will never be unless we decimate them. History has proved that.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:44 AM anon1m0us Says:

Reply to #3  
MBYIsrael Says:

latest count is 21, 3, seriously no dead, B"H

no dead? Some of the injuried would rather die. When the News state some are seriosuly injuried, that usually means they lost limbs, eye sight, body burned beyond recogniztion etc. So while it is good they did not die, keep in mind so of them would have rather died than live without their body parts.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 08:02 AM DRE53 Says:

Israelies have put too much reliance on the Iron Dome system apparently forgetting of terrorists old tactics of simply blowing up buses.
Hashem yerachem.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 08:48 AM Chachom Says:

Time to change tactics: for every bomb, take the suicides entire block down.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:05 AM sarahgn Says:

"More than 1,000 Israelis were killed during the violent Palestinian uprising in the last decade in bombings and shooting attacks. More than 5,000 Palestinians were killed as well."

What does this paragraph mean? Do you mean to imply that 5000 Palestinians were killed "during the violent Palestinian uprising in the last decade in bombings and shooting attacks? Can you please clarify and correct this sentence?

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:29 AM trachtgut2 Says:

The only way to get peace is for moshiach to come! No other! Please everyone let us daven for then people in Israel! Let's daven for all of us because we are all not safe! Hashem is waiting for us! Don't we see? Wars hurricanes.... Yiddin r suffering its own one for us to react!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:57 AM trachtgut2 Says:

When they say injured its not a joke! I love the way people always go ok thank goodness non one died and there r only injured! Are by kidding me? My cousins husband was "only injured" on that #2 bus bombing a few years ago... Well he succumbed to his "slight shrapnel wounds" 2 weeks later! But at that point he wasn't the only of the "just injured" to die! It's very scary! When they say injured it means really really bad shape!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM BLONDI Says:

i think us and israel should walk away from the ceasefire talks and just say,u had ur chance...no more talks...blast away at gaza and reclaim the land.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM Liepa Says:

It's pretty sad and upsetting, that after about a week or so of pounding Gaza, by the IAF, Hamas is still able to fire salvos of missiles indescriminately at Israel and as far as Tel-Aviv, nonetheless. Does Israel have a plan, don't think there is one!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM Reb Yid Says:

It's a shame that Israel doesn't fight wars like it used to. Instead of destroying strategic targets like power plants, ports, etc., they only aim at tactical targets like individual terrorists, individual rocket launchers, etc.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM yaakov doe Says:

Hamas hailed the explosion, saying it “blessed the attack” and handed out celebratory sweet cakes in Gaza's main hospital.

"You opened the gates of hell on yourselves," Hamas's armed wing, the al-Qassam brigades wrote in a message posted on Twitter. "Oh Zionists, you have to drag yourselves out of hell, go back home now, go back to Germany, Poland, Russia, America and anywhere else."

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM mytaxguy Says:

Reply to #7  
DRE53 Says:

Israelies have put too much reliance on the Iron Dome system apparently forgetting of terrorists old tactics of simply blowing up buses.
Hashem yerachem.

You must pretty a pretty important person if you know the ins and outs of Israeli security ( What they are watching, securing, etc. ) Hopefully all your knowledge on the matter does not fall into the wrong hands. Sure glad you're on our side!

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