“Horrible morning in Jerusalem. » Two explosions at Jerusalem bus stations, believed to be “attacks” by the Israeli police, left at least one dead and 18 injured on Wednesday 23 November. A first explosion at a bus stop outside the city left at least 12 injured, two seriously, and a second at another station demolished a bus and injured at least three, according to rescuers. The Israeli police later told AFP that one of the injured people had succumbed to his injuries.
An AFP photographer present at the scene of the first explosion said the blast pierced a metal fence behind the bus stop, with an electric scooter and a hat lying on the ground. And while police were on the scene, another explosion was heard a short distance away, according to the photographer.
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“Different explosive charges were placed in the two places. We suspect it was a combined attack.”, Israel Police said in a statement. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is due to hold an emergency meeting with the heads of the security services at midday at the Israeli army headquarters in Tel Aviv.
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Without claiming responsibility for the attacks in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, has “greeted”considering them in a press release as “the price of crimes and aggressions” from israel “against our people”.
In the wake of deadly attacks in Israel in March and April and other attacks that followed, the Israeli army carried out more than 2,000 raids in the West Bank. These raids, and the clashes that are sometimes associated with them, have killed more than 125 Palestinians, the heaviest toll in seven years, according to the UN.
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Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli military said the remains of an 18-year-old Israeli civilian who died Tuesday of a “serious road accident” in the occupied West Bank had been “kidnapped” in the hospital in Jenin, a stronghold of armed factions in the northern West Bank, where he was pronounced dead.
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The abduction was not immediately claimed, but local sources told AFP that Palestinian fighters in a nearby refugee camp were now in possession of the body.
The abductions of Israelis, dead or alive, have already been used in the past as bargaining chips by armed groups in order to demand the release of prisoners or the return of the bodies of Palestinians killed in clashes and kept by Israel.