Twin bombs thrown at bus stops in Jerusalem, a teenager lost his life

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Tel Aviv – One student was killed and at least 18 others were injured in explosions at two bus stops in Jerusalem early in the morning in what Israeli security forces described as a “combined terrorist attack.”

The bombings come amid increased violence between Israelis and Palestinians this year, and there are fears it could mark a return to the bombing campaigns of 20 years ago.

The first explosion occurred near the bus station at the exit of the city at around 7:05 am local time. Half an hour later, another explosion occurred a little more than two miles away at a bus station near the Ramot junction. Both bus stops were full of students.

In the first explosion, 16-year-old Israeli yeshiva student Arye Shechopek, who lives in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, was killed.

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Israel’s emergency services, known as Magen David Adom, said four of the injured were in critical condition.

The Israeli police said that the bombs in both locations were set off remotely with a cell phone. The explosives were reportedly placed in bags containing nails and pieces of metal to maximize impact.

After the blasts, more than 5,000 Israeli security personnel were deployed across Jerusalem, some searching other bus stops for any additional explosive devices.

The incident brought to mind the second intifada of the early 2000s, when Hamas, a radical Palestinian Islamist group, carried out a wave of bombings across Israel.

“This is a complex combined attack in two arenas and it is the result of an organized infrastructure and not a spontaneous act as we have known in recent years,” Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev said early Wednesday. visits the site of two explosions.

The bombings are a departure from the lower-tech, more lone wolf-style attacks that Israel has struggled with of late. Since last spring, numerous Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car crashes have put Israel on high alert. In response, the Israeli military carried out late-night raids, especially around the city of Jenin in the West Bank, where a number of attackers came from.

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On Tuesday night, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 16-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Shehadeh during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus.

In nearby Jenin, Palestinian militants took the body of Tiran Pero, a 17-year-old Israeli citizen from the Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel, from the hospital. was taken away after receiving serious injuries in a car accident.

His family said about 20 masked gunmen came to the hospital and took Pero off the ventilator., who died soon after. Israel is negotiating with the Palestinian Authority to return the body, Daliyat al-Karmel Mayor Rafik Halabi told Israel’s public broadcaster Kana.

Tirana’s uncle, Adi Pero Kana, said members of Islamic Jihad, an armed group with a large presence in Jenin, snatched the body. He said that his nephew was not a soldier, as the militants thought, but a 12th grader in high school.

“If Tira’s body is not returned, the kidnappers will pay a heavy price,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said.

Palestinian militants have kidnapped Israelis in the past to negotiate the release of prisoners.

Last week, a Palestinian teenager carried out a combined knife and car attack near the West Bank town of Ariel, killing three Israelis.

Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in the middle of coalition talks to form the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, he tweeted On Wednesday morning, he said he “prays for the peace of those injured in the combined terrorist attack in Jerusalem this morning and supports the security forces operating in the field.”

Netanyahu called for the rapid formation of a new government to “return security to the citizens of Israel.”

Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right politician, is set to be appointed Israel’s minister of public security. he tweeted the bombing “takes us back to the difficult intifada period”.

He has returned to a policy of targeted assassinations of Palestinian leaders, vowing to impose curfews in the attackers’ hometowns, close prisons holding Palestinian prisoners and stop the Palestinian Authority from paying compensation to those serving time in Israeli prisons or injured in clashes. Israeli critics have called it a “pay-to-kill” policy, which they say encourages violence.

“It’s time to take a hard hand against terrorists, it’s time to create order,” he said.