Two explosions at a bus station outside Jerusalem on Wednesday killed one person and injured at least 14, health officials said.
Israel’s ambassador to Canada, Lisa Stadelbauer, said the deceased was a “young Canadian”, confirming earlier reports from multiple Israeli media outlets.
“Heartbreaking to confirm that a young Canadian lost his life in this reprehensible terrorist attack in Jerusalem this morning,” Sterdelbauer said on Twitter. Our hearts go out to the others who were injured and Canada continues to condemn all forms of terrorism.”
It is heartbreaking to confirm that a young Canadian lost his life in this reprehensible terrorist attack in Jerusalem this morning. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and others injured in this attack. Canada continues to condemn all forms of terrorism.
The deceased was identified as Aryeh Schupak in a funeral notice. He was on his way to a Jewish seminary when the explosion occurred.
The first blast took 12 people to hospital, while the second blast injured three, according to Israeli ambulance services. It was his teenager who died at the facility, according to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
The first explosion came from an explosive device planted at a bus stop near the city exit. The second time, about 30 minutes later, it hit a bus stop near a settlement in the eastern part of the city.
Police spokesperson Eli Levy told Israeli Army Radio that the first explosion was caused by a powerful explosive device.
“It’s been years since there was such a coordinated attack on Jerusalem,” Levy said.
The same outlet reported that explosive devices were hidden in bags, at least one of which contained a nail to maximize impact.
Medic Yosef Haim Gabay, who was on the scene when the first explosion occurred, said: “It was a crazy explosion. There’s damage all over here.” “I saw people with wounds and bleeding here and there.”
Palestinians have stabbed, car-rammed and shot in recent years, but bombing attacks have become rare since the end of the Palestinian uprising nearly two decades ago.
Bus bombings have become more frequent in the last few years
Security camera footage aired by N12 News showed the moment of the first explosion, with smoke suddenly rising from the bus stop. Television shows debris littered around the scene, which was cordoned off by emergency services.
The United Nations, European Union and the United States condemned the attack.
The U.S. Embassy tweeted, “Terrorism is a dead end, with no results.
Explosions accompanied by echoes of bus bombings, a hallmark of the Palestinian uprising of 2000-2005, erupted in the occupied West Bank after Israeli forces launched a crackdown following a series of deadly attacks in Israel. It follows months of tension. .
In Gaza, a spokesperson for the Palestinian extremist group Hamas praised the explosion in Jerusalem but did not go so far as to claim responsibility.
A Hamas spokesperson, Abdel Latif Al-Khanoua, linked the blasts to “a crime committed by The Hamas.” [Israeli] occupation and settlers. “
The explosion came as former Likud Party Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiated with his allies to form a new right-wing government that included members of religious and far-right parties.
One of his allies, ultranationalist MP Itamar Ben Gavir, leader of the Jewish Power Party, visited the site of the first bombing and demanded tough action against the militants.
“Even if it’s on the West Bank, besiege them, go from house to house for guns and restore our deterrence,” he said, hoping to be appointed police minister in the new government. said Ben-Gvir, who was in
In another incident, Palestinian militants kidnapped the body of an Israeli high school student who died at a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank city of Jenin late Tuesday after being injured in a nearby car accident, the teenager’s uncle said. told the radio.
The Israeli military said it expected the bodies to be returned soon. It is unclear why the militants took the bodies, and there were no direct indications of a connection between the incident and the bombing.
More than 130 Palestinians have died in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, making 2022 the deadliest year since 2006. Stoned youth.
At least seven Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks in recent weeks.