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At Least 10 Killed in Jerusalem Bus Blast
By Yasser AbuMoailek
Middle East Correspondent
Video-captured image of the attacked Israeli bus in Jerusalem.
(By: Israeli Channel 10 news)
Gaza City, Jan. 29, 2004 — A Palestinian bomber blew himself up in a bus in the city of Jerusalem, killing at least ten Israelis and wounding some 30 others, Israeli police and paramedics said.

Eyewitnesses who were at the scene said that the bomber stepped in a bus traveling down Rahavia district in downtown Western Jerusalem, the part mostly inhabited by Jews. The bomber then detonated an explosive device he was carrying on his body, turning bus number 19 into a heap of charred metal and debris.

The explosion occurred only 15 meters away from the residence of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. Sources confirmed that Sharon was not at his home
when the explosion took place.

The green "Eged" bus was completely charred, with wires and metal window frames dangling from the bus, as shattered glass filled the street.

Less than 24 hours ago, the Israeli forces killed eight Palestinians, including four workers executed in a nearby paint workshop.

Until this moment, no one claimed responsibility for the attack in Jerusalem, as Israeli security and intelligence services continue the process of identifying the bomber.

Palestinian Authority officials condemned the bombing. "This vicious cycle can only be broken by renewal of a meaningful peace process," said Palestinian Minister of Negotiations Affairs, Dr. Sa'eb Erekat. "Otherwise, violence will breed violence, bullets will breed bullets."



Other Articles by Yasser AbuMoailek
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    Heated Campaigning But Friendly Atmosphere
    Gazan Weapons Dealer Reveals All
    "Reform and Change" Wins Hamas Elections
    Tunneling as a Life in Rafah, Gaza Strip


Yasser AbuMoailek, a journalist and feature writer working for the International Press Center in Gaza Strip. He contributes to many circulations inlcuding the Seoul Times, as well as monitoring the situation in the Middle East, especially the Palestinian territories.

 

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