Twin explosions in Jerusalem have killed one person and wounded at least 12 others, Israeli officials said. The explosions took place in different parts of the city of Jerusalem. Al-Jazeera news.
Israeli police said Wednesday morning’s incidents are suspected to be Palestinian attacks.
The blasts came hours after a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to Palestinian officials.
The first explosion occurred near an Israeli bus station along Jerusalem’s western entrance highway at 7 a.m. local time. The place is always full of passengers.
Doctors said seven people were injured in the first blast and at least two of them were in critical condition.
The second explosion occurred less than 30 minutes after the first explosion at the Ramot Junction in northern Jerusalem. Officials described it as ‘controlled’. Officials also said that five people were slightly injured in the stabbing.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reported on the ground that according to the preliminary observation of the local police, the first incident was caused by “explosives packed in a bicycle left at the bus stop”.
Both explosions are believed to have been remotely activated.
Israeli authorities closed major roads and set up checkpoints in eastern and western parts of Jerusalem to conduct investigations into the blasts and identify suspects.
Based on the Defense Minister’s decision, the Israeli army announced the closure of two important checkpoints in the Jenin area, Zalameh and Salem.
The Israeli police commissioner said the type of attack in Jerusalem had not been seen in “years” and authorities were looking for the attackers. He also said the police are looking for more possible explosives in the city.
Since 2006, Israel has killed at least 200 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip this year. On the other hand, more than 25 people have been killed in Israel.