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Explosion at Bus Stop in Jerusalem

A 1-kilo bombĀ just went off at a crowded bus stop outside the convention center Binyanei HaUma in west Jerusalem, which is opposite the Central Bus Station. This particular bus stop is about a two-minute walk from the hotel where Claire and the other Act For Israel fellows were staying last week.

Reports indicate that the bomb was either tied to a telephone pole or left in a bag near a public phone. No deaths reported so far, but at least twenty-five are injured, at least two critically, and people are still being taken from the scene on stretchers. Casualties are being taken to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem (where, parenthetically, I gave birth to my first child).

Road access to Jerusalem has been closed and the area of the bombing is being scoured for further devices. No one has yet claimed responsibility.