December 9, 2022

At least 12 injured in explosion near bus stop in Jerusalem | Israel

At least 12 people have been injured, two critically, in an explosion near a bus stop on the edge of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

The explosion was described by Israeli police as a “suspected Palestinian attack” and happened along a highway that is usually packed with commuters.

Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic who was at the scene when the blast occurred, told Army Radio that “there is damage everywhere” and that some of the wounded were bleeding heavily.

Jerusalem hospitals said they received 12 people wounded in the incident, among them two critically and two seriously.

There were reports of a second blast in the neighbourhood of Ramot north of the city, which police did not immediately confirm.

The cause of the blast was still being determined, but the incidents come after months of heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed in fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year. The Israeli army says most of the Palestinians killed have been militants, but stone-throwing youths protesting the incursions and others not involved in confrontations have also been killed.

At least five more people have been killed in Palestinian attacks against Israelis in recent weeks.

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