One dead and 22 injured in a double explosion in Jerusalem

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  • The detonation of two devices at bus stops at the entrance to the holy city recalls the days of the second intifada while the Israeli police suspect that it is a coordinated joint attack

  • In the occupied West Bank, a 16-year-old boy has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers, bringing the death toll from Israeli fire to 200 Palestinians

One dead and 22 injured in Jerusalem in a double explosion

Violence escalates conquest in the Holy Land. Two simultaneous explosions at bus stops at the entrance to Jerusalem have killed an Israeli teenager. More than twenty people have been injured. “It is an attack that we have not seen for many years,” lamented the Israeli police commissioner, Kobi Shabtai. In turn, during the early hours of Wednesday, another 16-year-old Palestinian minor has been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

It was just after seven o'clock on the morningwhen the first bomb has gone off at Givat Shaul, the main entrance to Jerusalem. At the height of rush hour for commuters, 18 people were injured at the bus stop, four of which are serious. Later, one of the victims died in hospital, a Canadian yeshiva student, a Jewish religious school, 16 years old. Half an hour later, an accident occurred. the second detonation at the Ramot junction, another access to the city. Six people who were slightly injured by shrapnel or because of anxiety were taken to emergency medical centers. 

Despite months of continued violence in the occupied territories, Israeli society they could not expect an attack on what they consider the heart of their country. “This is a very difficult morning,” said Homeland Security Minister Omer Bar Lev. “There is a high probability that there is a connection between the two attacks,” he added. Police have asked citizens to report any suspicious packagesthat they meet A senior security official has claimed that behind the explosions, there is important infrastructure including intelligence, procurement and preparation of explosives. 

Suspicion of attack

It is believed that the detonations were caused by devices with explosives that were in bags and that were remotely activated. In addition, they were packed with nails to maximize casualties, the Kan public broadcaster reported. Jerusalem had not been the victim of attacks of this type, probably since the second Intifada in the year 2000. For this reason, the far-right parties, still boosted by victory in the elections at the beginning of the month, have not hesitated to be the first to speak out.

“The murderous arab terroris it? knocking on our door; we must form a government immediately!” declared Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism party. “I appeal to the incoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to convene He will convene all the leaders of the coalition, to form a right-wing government that will restore power. the safety of the citizens of Israel,” he added. The arsonist Itamar Ben Gvir, probably the future minister responsible for the police, has called for “resuming targeted killings“.

New militant groups

Ben Gvir has gone to the scene of the attack and, from there, has demanded “to form a government as soon as possible” because “terrorism does not wait”. Although Hamas and Islamic JihadAlthough they have applauded the attack, no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the explosions. During the last months, new militant groups have emerged in the occupied Palestinian territories, although the Israeli authorities did not consider that any of them could be capable of an attack of these characteristics, until

Continuous military incursions into the West Bank and bombing raids on Gaza have resulted in the killing of more than 200 people so far this year by the Israeli troops. “The operation in Jerusalem is the result of crimes of the occupation and < strong>settlers against our people and the Al Aqsa Mosque and reaffirms with conclusive evidence that Israeli terrorism will only have more heroic operations as a response” , said the Hamas spokesman, Abdelatif al Qanu , before saying that Israel “receives the price of its crimes and aggression.”