Explosions at two bus stops near entrances to Jerusalem; 14 injured, 2 critically

Two explosions on two buses near the entrance to Jerusalem on Wednesday morning injured at least 14 people, including two terrorists, police and doctors said.

The first explosion occurred near the main entrance of Jerusalem in Givat Shaul, shortly after 7 a.m., the peak working hour.

Eleven people were injured in the blast, including two seriously and two critically, doctors said.

The victims were taken to Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals in the city.

The second explosion occurred shortly after 7:30 am, at the Ramot junction, another entrance to Jerusalem.

Three people were slightly injured by shrapnel in the second explosion, doctors said.

An Israeli engineer works at the blast site in Jerusalem at a bus stop on November 23, 2022. (Menahem KAHANA/AFP)

The blast is thought to have been caused by an explosive device thrown in a bag, according to the first Hebrew media report.

Visiting the site, Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai said there may be two attackers.

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No immediate confirmation.

Security services are sweeping the area in an attempt to find anyone suspected of involvement in the explosion.

Police said they closed the Route 1 freeway after the first crash.

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev spoke with the police chief, and is expected to visit the scene of the attack, his office said.

Israeli security forces walk in Jerusalem after an explosion at a bus station, November 23, 2022 (Menahem KAHANA/AFP)

The explosion occurred amid heightened tensions, following Palestinian attacks that have left 29 people dead in Israel and the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

In recent months there have been many stabbings and attempted stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, mostly in the Old City. Last month, a Palestinian soldier killed an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near Jerusalem.

In the spring, the army launched a large-scale protest in the West Bank after the uprising.

The operation arrested more than 2,000 people overnight, but also resulted in the death of more than 130 Palestinians, many of them – but not all – during protests or during conflict with security.

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Bombings of buses and in public spaces were a hallmark of the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005, but have largely declined over the past 17 years, Israeli officials said. that there are more security measures, including the West Bank security barrier, and better intelligence.

In 2016, the terror group Hamas bombed a bus in Jerusalem, injuring 21 people. And in 2011, a bomb hidden in a backpack exploded on a bus parked outside the Jerusalem International Convention Center, killing two and injuring dozens.

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