One killed, over a dozen wounded in Jerusalem bombings

In a major development, one person was killed and over a dozen injured after two explosions rocked Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, with an Israeli police spokesperson describing it as a suspected “combined terror attack”.

The first explosion occurred at a bus station near the entrance of Jerusalem at 7:06 am, injuring at least 11 people, including a person who later died, the spokesperson said.

After a second explosion almost half an hour later at the city’s Ramot junction, at 7:30 am, three people were evacuated with minor injuries, police added.

Television images showed debris strewn around the scene of the first blast, which was cordoned off by emergency services.

Initial investigations indicated that explosive devices were placed at both blast sites and a search is underway for suspects, the police spokesperson said.

After the first blast, two paramedics from Magen David Adom, Israel’s Red Cross affiliate, said they found two seriously injured people lying on the ground when they arrived at the scene.

“We were at the MDA station by the entrance to the city when we heard a large explosion,” they said. “We immediately headed to the scene in large numbers, including ambulances, MICUs (mobile intensive care units) and medicycles.”

“Two seriously wounded were lying nearby, a 16-year-old in the bus stop and a 45-year-old on the sidewalk.”

The explosions follow months of tension in the occupied West Bank after the Israeli military launched a crackdown in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in Israel.

Meanwhile, tension has also been exacerbated by repeated stand-offs between Muslims and groups of unauthorised Jewish worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Al Qanoua said the bombings “resulted from the crimes conducted by the occupation and the settlers”.

The explosions came as former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with allies to form a new right-wing government including members of religious and far-right parties.

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