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Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Breaking News, International, Politics, Religion, Society, War | 0 comments

UPDATE: Jerusalem Bus Bombing: The 3rd Intifada Begins?

UPDATE: According to the blog Israel Matzav there has been one death. Carl live-blogged, the newest updates are at the bottom of the post.

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MSNBC just reported that a bus blew up in Jerusalem and there are many casualties. This may signal a new reign of terror by Palestinians.

A bus explosion in Jerusalem has caused dozens of casualties, police said Wednesday.

Scores of ambulances converged on the area near the central bus station and a city conference hall in a Jewish neighborhood of downtown Jerusalem, Reuters reported, citing Israeli TV and radio.

People were lying on the ground and taken away on stretchers, according to The Associated Press.

The explosion appears to be the first bus bombing in several years and comes amid rising tension between Hamas militants and Israel.

Channel 10: Bus Bombing

Jerusalem Post

25 injured, 4 seriously in J’lem bus explosion
By JPOST.COM STAFF
03/23/2011 15:22

MDA says none dead; Police estimate that package at exploded next to Egged bus 74 outside Binyanei Ha’uma in central Jerusalem; Netanyahu delaying departure to Moscow.

An explosion took place on or near a bus in central Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon.

Police said that a bomb exploded outside Egged bus number 74 at a station in front of the Jerusalem Conference Center in the center of town.

Reports said that over 30 people were injured in the attack although the exact number was still unknown.

Magen David Adom said that no deaths were reported in the attack.

Police suspected that an explosive device inside a bag was left at the bus stop, which then exploded.

A large number of police and ambulances were on the scene.

Roads surrounding the scene were closed to traffic and authorities were searching the area for additional explosive devices.

The public was advised to stay clear of the area.

Haaretz

Arutz Sheva

Ynetnews

NPR and the New York Times seem far more concerned about Elizabeth Taylor’s death from natural causes at the age of 79.