March 23, 2011 / 4:06 PM / 8 years ago

U.S. Gates condemns "horrific" Jerusalem attack

Israeli medics wheel an injured man into a hospital after an explosion in Jerusalem, March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said a bomb attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday was a “horrific terrorist attack.”

Gates, speaking during a visit to Cairo, said he did not see the situation in Israel deteriorating, despite the attack.

“It’s obviously a horrific terrorist attack. I extend sympathy to the families of those who have been injured. But I think, I don’t think I would characterize the situation there as deteriorating,” Gates said.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Writing by Tom Perry

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