March 23rd, 2011
01:46 PM ET

Woman dies of injuries from Jerusalem blast

A loud explosion shook a busy street in Jerusalem on Wednesday, wounding 50 people and killing at least one woman, authorities said. It is the first bombing of its kind in Jerusalem since 2004.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Police found a medium-sized explosive device attached to a phone booth near the site of a blast. It was close to Jerusalem's central bus station, Israeli medical services said. Watch CNN capture the scene moments after the explosion

Several of those injured were hurt critically, authorities said. The wounded include two pregnant women, according to Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem.

He condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack" in which "innocent people were hurt."

The blast took place in "a very crowded area" with "a lot of civilians and two buses," said Yonatan Yagadovsky, a spokesman for Israel's emergency services. "Three to four are in critical condition. The rest of the casualties are moderately to lightly injured," he said.

The injuries came from both the force of the blast itself and from flying shrapnel, he said. The wounded included two pregnant women, he said. The blast comes after an unusually intense period of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed since Saturday, including four militants and two children who died in an Israeli strike that appears to have missed its target.

"Israel and Jerusalem are relatively very safe recently," Barkat told CNN. "This is something that happens rarely, and we hope to keep it that way."

The attack "brings very bad memories to us," medical services spokesman Yagadovsky said. Israel had not experienced an attack for a "very, very long time," he said. "It is something that we will have to deal with again."

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  1. Cesar r

    Ken Taylor: No, it was not done due to any real religious sects. It was done by terrorists. TERRORISTS! Bye Ken Taylor.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Foton

    CNN should implement spell/grammar check on their site. The biggest victim here is English language.

    March 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    "There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist."–Golda Meir, quote from Washington Post,1969-06-16

    March 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kelsey shannon

    those poor people

    March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. schmez

    For those who question the recent hearing on Muslim extremism in America, it appears to me that when Israel and anti-extremists defend themselves against these animals, they're portrayed as murderers, thieves and reprobates. The truth of the matter is that extremist Muslims, and those who remain silent and protest unfair treatment, really need to root out evil from within. For those who do, bravo. For those who are too scared to fight, you are just as responsible as the perpetrators of terrorism.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jedi

    "As a Muslim, the first thing I did was pray for the victims. Terrorism is a horrible sin, and the Quran clearly says that people who commit murder will be thrown into hell. Let there be peace in the middle east, and please, let's not go down the path of people knee-jerk bashing all Muslims worldwide as often happens on this forum – by Sulayman F who posted at the way to the top and then he tell us to check the websites of American Muslim groups like CAIR, ICNA, ISNA, and MPAC – These are all Islamist groups who are sympathetic to the so-called Palestinian cause especially CAIR which are Hamas affiliated.

    March 24, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. jedi

    It is funny Sulayman F when you pretend to pray for the victim and then you called us to check out these so-called Islamist websites from CAIR, MPAC and ISNA – These so-called organization virulently anti-Israel and you're telling us you care about the victim. You're just like Omeish the one time leader of Muslim American Society who deny to have any link with Muslim brotherhood only to be found he had ties with them. And tariq Ramadan who wrote to the Tribune who deny his grandfather Hassan Al-Banna has any link with the Nazi during second world war. You deception don't work on me my boy. I wasn't born yesterday.

    March 24, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
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