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Twin blasts in Jerusalem kill 15-year-old, injure 18 in morning bus station attack


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The first explosion occurred at about 7:05 a.m. local time, near a bus station located at the exit from the city. Half an hour later, another blast went off at a bus station near the Ramot Junction just over two miles away. Both bus stops were packed with students.


The first blast killed Aryeh Schupak, a 15-year-old Canadian Israeli yeshiva student who lived in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. Among the wounded were two Americans, said Tom Nides, the U.S. ambassador to Israel. ...


Israel’s emergency services, known as Magen David Adom, said that four of the injured were in serious condition.

 

Israeli police said that the bombs at both sites were activated remotely by cellphone. It said that the explosives were placed in bags and contained nails and pieces of metals to maximize the impact. ...

“This is a complex combined attack in two arenas, which appears to be the result of an organized infrastructure, and not a spontaneous act as we have come to know in recent years,” Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev said Wednesday morning after visiting the two explosion sites.

The bombings are a departure from the lower-tech, more lone-wolf-style attacks with which Israel has more recently been grappling. Since the spring, a string of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli military has conducted near-nightly raids, especially around the West Bank city of Jenin, from where a number of assailants have originated. ...

 

In nearby Jenin, Palestinian gunmen took the body of Tiran Ferro, a 17-year-old Israeli citizen from the Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel, from a hospital, where he was taken after suffering serious injuries in a car crash.

His family said that about 20 masked gunmen arrived at the hospital and disconnected Ferro from a ventilator, and that he died shortly afterward. Israel is in talks with the Palestinian Authority to return the body, Daliyat al-Karmel Mayor Rafik Halabi told Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster.

 

 

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Scenes from the 15 year old's funeral

 

 

Just a sad day all around, so much unnecessary tragedy.

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This is so scary. Rest in peace to the victim :heart2: :weeps:

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The way it almost muted all around the world... Happened 10 min away from my home. Israel suffer from a daily terror. 

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Very sad.

 

Regardless of my feelings around the Israeli state, I still sympathize with the families of civilians who needlessly die. The ghost of the Nakhba still haunts Palestine/Israel.

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UPDATE: A second person has died of their injuries days after the bus bombing.

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Tadese Tashume Ben Ma’ada was critically injured in an explosion Wednesday morning at a bus stop at the main entrance to Jerusalem, one of two bombings that rattled the capital.


A statement from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem said trauma and ICU teams “fought for his life but unfortunately his injuries were too serious.” ...

Ben Ma’ada, 50, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 21 years ago. He leaves behind a wife and six children. ...

The explosions came amid heightened tensions, following a series of Palestinian attacks that have left 29 people in Israel and the West Bank dead since the start of the year.

 

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May his memory be a blessing.

 

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