One teenager was killed and 13 others were injured in two separate blasts in Jerusalem, early on Wednesday. The first explosion occurred at a bus station near the entrance to Jerusalem at 7.06 am, while, the second explosion occurred at 7.30 am at the city's Ramot junction. 10 people were injured and one killed in the first explosion. Three people were injured in the second explosion. The deceased was a 16-year-old boy.
The police are calling it a 'combined attack'. "There has not been such a coordinated attack in Jerusalem for many years," police spokesman Eli Levi told Israeli Army Radio. The police are on the lookout for suspects. "Terrorism is a dead-end that accomplishes absolutely nothing," the U.S. Embassy wrote on Twitter of the coordinated attacks. The European Union, the United Nations and the US condemned the attack.
The West Bank in recent months has been facing violence thanks to a military crackdown launched in the wake of a series of deadly Palestinian attacks in Israel. Abdel-Latif Al-Qanoua a spokesman for the Palestinian militant group Hamas praised the Jerusalem explosions.
Two paramedics from Magen David Adom, Israel’s Red Cross affiliate, told CNN, “We were at the MDA station by the entrance to the city when we heard a large explosion.” “We immediately headed to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, MICUs (mobile intensive care units) and medicycles,” they added.