Bomb explodes on Israeli bus, no one hurt: police

JERUSALEM Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:13pm EST

1 of 4. An Israeli police officer takes pictures inside a damaged bus at the scene of an explosion in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam December 22, 2013.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A bomb that Israeli authorities suspect was planted by Palestinian militants exploded in a bus near Tel Aviv on Sunday after passengers were evacuated, and police said no one was hurt.

No group claimed responsibility for the bombing. But Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group Hamas, said in a statement the blast was a "heroic action" in response to what he termed the "continued crimes" of Israel's occupation of land Palestinians seek for a state.

Photographs from the scene, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, showed the blast blew out the vehicle's windows.

"There were about 12 passengers on the bus. The driver stopped immediately when he was alerted to a suspicious object. It was a bag on the back bench, and he immediately ordered everyone off," Eitan Fixman, a spokesman for the Dan bus company, was quoted as saying on the YNet news site.

"We confirm the explosion on the bus today was a terror attack, based on assessments and evidence gathered at the scene," said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, referring to suspected Palestinian militants.

Police had set up roadblocks at entrances to the occupied West Bank and were searching cars for the perpetrators.

It was the first such incident since Israeli-Palestinian peace talks - which have shown few signs of progress - resumed in July.

Violence in the West Bank has increased in recent months, and at least 19 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed in the occupied territory since the negotiations got under way after a three-year break.

Rosenfeld said one of its bomb experts was examining the explosive "from a distance" when the bag blew up. He was taken to hospital for observation but was not listed as injured.

One of the passengers on the bus had alerted others to the bag, prompting them to leave the bus before the explosion, he said.

Israeli media reports said one person was slightly hurt.

The last time a bomb exploded on an Israeli bus was in November 2012, when 15 people were wounded near the Defense Ministry compound in Tel Aviv. An Israeli Arab pleaded guilty earlier this month to planting the bomb and said it was for political reasons.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and; Ori Lewis and Allyn Fisher-Ilan in Jerusalem; Editing by Andrew Roche and Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (4)
justcause wrote:
How can peace ever be achieved when violence is aimed at maiming and killing innocent people?
Even if the Palestinian Authority agrees to peace. Who will agree for the other multitude of terrorist organisations?

Dec 22, 2013 11:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
drmorocco wrote:
It was not terrorist, it was the act of freedom fighters. The illegal occupation must end by any means. The people of Palestine are the slaves and prisoners of the Jewish state. It is a shame they have to fight for their basic rights.

Dec 22, 2013 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PaulBradley wrote:
How do we know that the whole incident wasn’t orchestrated by the Mossad?

Quite frequently, rockets, bomb, etc., allegedly aimed to hurt Israelis, allegedly by Palestinians, magically do NOT hurt any Israelis. And, usually appear during and/or planned foreign (U.S., U.N., etc.)VIP visit to Israel or prior and/or during some attempted peace negotiations.

Question is – - Who really benefits from these so called ‘terrorist attacks against Israel’????

The way I see it, it only benefits Israel in terms of support of Israel’s constant “security enforcement” rhetoric along with expressed justification serving as a ‘cover’ for continuing Israel’s illegal land grabbing. Terrorizing the Palestinians, notwithstanding.

Even there are some injuries or civilian death as a result of these terrorist acts allegedly perpetrated by Palestinians, historically, Zionists sacrificing Jews’ lives for their own geo-political causes is obviously nothing new.

Doesn’t a coin supposed to have two different sides . . . ?

Dec 22, 2013 7:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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