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. HeavyD

    Kind of like when the Americans stole the land they live on now from the Native Americans? Jerk.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Keksi

    Just yesterday American were cheering when homeowner shot intruder in his house saying "He should have killed him by shooting him between eyes".

    Apparently Palestinians dont have right to defend their home and land from Euroasaian Jews who stole their land.

    Hypocrisy.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      So blowing up random people is the same as shooting the person who is breaking into your home?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Keksi

      95% of Israel Jews living in Israel are not random but part of invaders.
      They CHOOSE to live on stolen land and therefore act as soldiers.
      Only kids have to endure their parents stupidity to put them in harms way.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Zorro

      @Keksi,

      Stolen lands? How far back into history are you going when determining who lived on that land?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ObammaAlabamaSlamma

      The Caliphates STOLE that land from the Byzantine Empire. I vote we give the land back to Italy.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • adam

      *pacepalm*
      i can't evan start to count the fail...

      March 23, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      considering that Jerusalem was built by King David, and the "holy Mosque" sits atop the ruins of the Jewish Temple, i don't think that Arabs will win the argument of "whose land is it?" you see, the land shouldn't go back to greece, italy or babylonia, because it is the ;and of the Jewish people, long before Mohammed was born. I want to also remind everyone that 20% of the citizens of Israel, yes: CITIZENS, are arabic people. there never was a Palestinian country or people, but there are arabic people living in Israel for centuries and no one has ever wished to deny them their right to live in peace. unfortunately, Mr. Arafat appeared on the world stage in the 1970s and began hijacking airplanes and murdering people and the rest of the Arab world used this opportunity to create the illusion of a palestinian "people" . actually, the land they live on was occupied by Jordan and Egypt and the people were treated as the lowest caste of society, with no running water, electricity, schools, medical care, etc. when Israel took these lands after the Arabs lost their war of aggression, the Israelis helped the people of the west bank and gaza by providing modern services. it is a shame that these folks have been brutalized and brainwashed by their own people into seeing the israelis as the enemy. but it is what it is, and israel will continue to defend itself. if NY were bombed from connecticut, you bet there would be retailation.

      March 23, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      You are sound like brainwashed yourself. Jews were just dumped off the boats after WWII.

      March 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex M

      @Keksi, what stolen lands? if anything every nationa has kicked us out of our land and turned Jews into slaves.
      ex: Egypt.. Who built the pyramids? THE JEWS!
      Arabs destroyed the First temple/ 2nd temple and built the Dome of the Rock over it, so how did we steal the land if our temples were there before you? lol go read some history then talk. Israel is the land of the Jews that were actually occupied by Arabs and we got it back fair and square so go stay in your broken down village, desert. israelis have rebuilt jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other cities that were deserts and broken down caves. it is a paradise now thats why all the Europeans and even Arabs go there for vacations.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Foton

      Arabs did not destroy either temple.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foton

      Arabs did not destroy either of the temples.

      March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Stolen land?? From who? There never was a "palestinain" nation here, never was a place called "palestine" they have no currency, no archeological finds, no government offices......Jerusalem has only ever been the capitol of one nation ISRAEL.........now go back to your imam in your dirty mosque and tell him he lied to you........

      March 23, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • bk33

      Keksi, do you live in the United States? Then, technically, you are living on land stolen from Native Americans. What would your response be if they started strapping bombs on their backs and targeting your children?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tami

    Non-Believers...: you are a hateful and spiteful person.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • josie

      The only non believer i see is you, you a believe of
      Death

      March 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. TB

    To non-believers must die... you are so sad. My first instinct was to say much worse, but then I become the hack that you are. If you hate so much, move and go live with your fellow haters. If you are truly in NYC, you are in a huge melting pot of faiths. Must make you sick every day to be around so many "non-believers". Enjoy, you nut.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. alex

    @ Non-believers must die

    *facepalm*

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. True Believer

    If you are so excited about it, go live with your brethren in one of those Arab countries with civil war rampant!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Smith

    non believer, you should LEAVE NEW YORK and go live in Iran

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeslov

    God bless Israel and all Jews! Give them grace, mercy, healing in all areas of thier lives, and prosperity in finances and love! In Jesus name!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      Yep, you've got to mention the finances. Very important......

      March 23, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark L.

      @Jeslov – In Jesus' name?? Okay, I'll accept that...Afterall, Jesus was a Jew – Nothing more, nothing less....

      March 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. ABD

    Yesterday 8 palestinians were killed by the zionists, and CNN didn't say anything, now they are ready to publish 2 lines before they publish the full story just to get people ready to attack islam and muslims. WHO IS CONTROLLING THE MEDIA.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      ABD,

      I guess you forgot to mention the fact that Hamas fired ROCKETS at Israeli cities, that resulted in the IAF bombings...ohhh those little facts i know don't matter when it comes to context. Nice try trying to fool everyone.

      March 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex M

      ABD- go check jpost.com and first write why those 8 people were injured. This was a retaliation strike against Hamas terrorist targets in gaza for firing 30 kassam/grad rockets at innocent civilians in Israel. Go educate yourself then talk you dooshbag

      March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      so true!

      March 23, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      So true.... I am referring to ABD's comment, obviously the two nitwits below only follow CNN media and then one of your cited resources IS JPOST! c'mon dude is your going to argue, use a neutral source, not a jewish media posting website. Secondly, seeing I used to have same "terrorist" views of the Palestinians until.... I did my own research, the jewish people have backing the Palestinians into a hole,demolishing schools, Israeli checkpoints, so on and so fourth.... our media is in strict agreements with the Israel, so much of our information is not the true information.... i dont agree with either side, but when you back impoverished people into a corner and set up ARMORED LIVING FACILITIES ILLEGALLY you can expect some sort of retaliation

      March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex M

      @David, I guess you have never been to Israel and you dont know the real true life there. The roadblocks and barriers were setup so the terrorists wouldnt infiltrate Israel and blow up buses. Israel gave Palestianians-Hams/Fatah 100 chances for peace and they rejected peace because they want violence and to kill all Jews.
      Hamas fires dozens of rockets at innocent civilians everyday, I know you wouldnt just sit still if you were getting hit the barrages from Canada right? please educate yourself before you speak

      March 23, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      They were killed in a defensive move by Israel after the murderous slime in gaza fired 50 rockets and mortars at babies and old people...no country in the world would allow rockets to land on their territory...ask Russia what it does to Chechnya, Georgia when mortars are fired.....you ignoramus.....

      March 23, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fernando

    this doesn't sounds like a Palestinian action. Maybe some radical Neo Cons Jews are doing this just to blame the Palestinians, because in the mind of all the people "it must be a Muslim thing".... I will like to see a full investigation and then conclusions, and not the other way around.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • LOCOKOKO

      Idiots like you saying that lies every time
      and every time your proved wrong when islamic jihadist are giving away candeis in the street to celebrate their acts
      but people like you never come back to regret and take their words back

      March 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Jewish people dont kill babies and old people....only muslims do......."palestinians" please go home to the surrounding arab countries you came from......

      March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Drinking the Coolaid

      Or maybe it was Halliburton and Dick Cheney? perhaps even GW himself?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Yuval

      Sure, Fernando. It was an inside action from the Israelis in order to blame the righteous Palestinians. And also, Santa Claus came to visit me last night.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    A loud explosion was heard from a bus near the central bus station in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Ambulances and police cars rushed to the scene.

    This is the story? Wow ! Incredible reporting! how about we get some detail and facts before we throw something out like this. This kind of thing isn't helpfull at all.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Elan

      I'm usually against CNN's reporting, but this is a developing story. Would you rather them deliver you the main point of the story five hours from now? Personally, I'd rather get the main part of the story immediately and then have the story develop over the day.

      March 23, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. sandsmith

    There is little hope for mankind if people are ecstatic when others are blown apart by bombs – when people even carry bombs – , and believe "non-believers must die". An appalling reaction.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Naif

    Ohh CNN you completely ignored that at least 10 Palestinians were killed over the last week including children and this is most likely a response from the military groups .
    "In the afternoon, IDF troops shot mortars into Gaza and accidentally hit innocent civilians in the northern town of Sajaiyeh...Palestinians reported that four people were killed in the strike aged 58, 12, 16 and 17.The IDF said that that the Southern Command was investigating the incident.." ... J.POST.COM

    also the time you gave for those Israeli strikes and Palestinian killings were almost Nothing , compared to what you are showing now .
    Link:http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=213329
    link2:http://ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/missingheadlines.html

    I condemned violence against unarmed civilians but we should always speak the truth and not to be biased.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • billybob

      do you mean the ones that were launching rockets at israel?

      March 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Naif

      No, I meant the other 8 Palestinian Innocent Lives which you seemed not worth to find out ! and BTW Those militants are in Occupied lands so you should not compare them to other terrorists .

      March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • AmYisraelHai

      Maybe you shouldn't fire 70 projectiles (58 mortars and 12 rockets) at my family from civilian locations. Haniyyeh said 3 years ago, "a dead Palestinian body is better than any living one if we are going to rid the world of the Jews." So, shoot a rocket at people and get a response. Amazingly you still didn't condemn this blatant act of terror against 30 JEWISH CIVILIANS who you didn't care to mention. And yes, CNN commented plenty on the dead Palestinians but didn't mention the 70 projectiles fired into Israel that lead to their deaths.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • AmYisraelHai

      Gaza is occupied!? Since when? Do you mean occupied by Hamas? Israel has NO PRESENCE INSIDE OF GAZA. You are obviously an oblivious fool.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      I think you failed to mention that the dirt bags in gaza fired 50 rockets at innocent babies and old people in Israel.....so Israel was forced to take action.....you dummy......nice try, you are either musliom or a left wing muslim terrorist appeaser that believes the muslim lies...you weak minded fool.....

      March 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeremy

    Disgusting comment...hope your racist diatribe is taken down

    March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Keksi

    That backyard is stolen land.Those Jews dont own land,they are invaders.

    Stop acting stupid like you dont know who did what in history.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Invaders?? Liar....then why does Israel have all the land?? Israel and the Jews wre here loooong before the fake religion of islam even existed.........Jerusalem has only been the capitol of one nation throughout history, and that is Israel.....the "palestinians" are just refugees from the surrounding arab countries that dont want them back.....Jordan killed 15000 "fakestinians" in the 70s for trying to overthrough the government there.......stop your lies or go back to your imam in your dirty mosque and tell him he lied to you......

      March 23, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Jordan, let me ask you one simple question...as you said Israel always belong to Jews and how come Israel became a nation just after WWII? If others would able to retake whatever were took from them. There would be Canada, USA, Mexico etc....

      March 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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