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. Otis

    I am shocked by this persons comment! What kind of a heart do you have if you take joy in the death of innocent people? Is this not illusion? do you have a humans heart?

    March 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    I think that it's important that everyone here expresses their true opinions. No matter how extreme, brutal or ridiculous. Because as I read comments from people like "Non-Believers Must Die", you see the true colors of real people in this world. The only unfortunate aspect is that you never know how many exist...over time you get an idea!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jab

    oh my god!!
    how can Israel make peace with this??? Palestinians clearly DON'T want peace
    too bad the stupid world can't see that and keeps thinking that it's just self-defence

    March 23, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. B

    There is only ONE TRUE GOD! And his name is Abba father, Yahweh, Jesus Christ, the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit! You WILL stand before Him one day and you WILL bow before Him. Your false, fake, murderous God will NOT be there with you.... He will be burning in Hell which is where you're going to go if you do not repent and turn away from the rath of the ONE true God. NOTHING will be able to save you. You need to think about that. The Bible says "EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD."

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

      My post was directed at a Mulsim which obviously now has had his disgusting post taken down. Thank God! There is NO tolerance for you in OUR country. Go back to yours! Our men fought and died to keep this country safe from people like you!

      March 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    @Keksi of course they have the right to defend themselves but killing civilians on a bus and attacking women an children is not defending yourself it's terrorism. If they wanted to actually fight for freedom they would actually target the military not kids

    March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phil Fink

    To Non-believers Must Die, I don't know what you have been snorting but tell me of one medical breakthrough that Muslims have come up wit in the past 500 years. and I hope you never have polio, need an x-ray...get rabies.... for if you do... don't let a Jewish doctor teat you with the many many drugs and cures the Jews have come up with. There is one disease that you have which unfortunately there is no cure for...hate and you have it really bad. Jews are not you enemy... you are your enemy!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Achraf

    I don't agree with killing innocents at all for whatever reason, however i wonder where was cnn yesterday when 7 people were killed yesterday by israeli rockets in Palestine some of them were kids in play grounds and and old man just out of his house.
    I hope both parties stop killing innocents. If they are at war then they should take their war to the war grounds and not by killing the innocent citizens on both sides.

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


      You forgot to mention the rocket fire from Gaza that preceded the have no idea about IDF rules of combat, as seen in your can't just go in and kill babies and kids indiscriminately. Actions precede action taken. How about the rockets fired into beer'sheva and ashdod..two major israeli population centers? that isn't a problem? because that is what caused that action that resulted in those deaths...perhaps the govt of gaza, hamas, should clean up its territory and work toward a peace treaty?

      March 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Naif

      And What about the 3 Palestinians who were killed before those rockets fired from GAZA ?
      BTW I don't Think terrorists usually hide in playground and play basketball after they launch their rockets ? they are not too stupid to do that !

      March 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. American.

    You are a disgrace to humanity. This needs to be resolved through diplomacy not murder you dirty ape.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alex M

    Nada, what are Palestinians? you have no history! youre just arabs that Egypt and Jordan does not want. You were just a tribe.. You have no history! Your only history is Yasef Arafat who died from AIDS after raping little boys.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Couldnt of said it better myself Alex.....

      March 23, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. GsySgt Hartman

    Now watch about 5 different Muslim groups rush to claim responsibility. They say they want to fight Zionism and yet they fail to observe and mimic the enemy's tactics. i.e. false flag

    March 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. ken taylor

    . Was only several year ago that isreali buses and restraunts were being bombed on a regular basis.much of the same on its way. Back to normal for everyone there. Oh well something to read in between the sport scores thx to all involved

    March 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    There will never be peace until Islam learns to love its own children more than they hate the Jews!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kazik

    What is this- a place for sick-muslim degenerates of the World? People get killed and you celebrate? How sick can you get? I think, it is time to push the button in Lybia, Egypt, Saudi, Yemen...... and make Hiroshima look like a small party! If it wouldn't be for our oil money-you would all stil hunt with the stones and look at the light bulb as it was a space ship. With your brain power and inteligence you don't even have running water and electricity for your own people! You-are disgrace to all human race and that is understatement!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Naif

      Disgusting racist comments , You say how come we debate this violence and then you want to wipe out all Muslims and Arabs.
      BTW you need to go back to school to learn more about Islamic civilization and here is a link to help you .

      and another link to learn more about the conflict ,

      March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      I agree Kazik....people need to open their eyes.....remember when the "palestinians" handed out candy and partied in Gaza after 9-11? I still have the all you left wing blind people can see it yourself......

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

      Jordan ,
      Also several Jews and Israelis partied 911 ,,

      March 23, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Foton

      I checked "Islamic Golden Age", and it sounds very nice. Too bad it ended in 13th century. What happened in past 700+ year?

      March 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    8 people killed by Israel yesterday in Gaza 4 of them are kids- CNN never reported any of that- iam sure this bomb put in by settlers –

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


      Actually we have discussed it in its proper context. With the grad rockets from Gaza preceding the actions taken..when rockets fall on Israeli cities, how did Hamas expect Israel to respond? what rational govt fires rockets at another country and claims innoncence? its pathetic..and your so " sure" that settlers planted this bomb?? on what grounds? the Yesha movement doesn't plant bombs or have any military policy toward fellow israelies. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all have a history of these type of bombings..stop the excuses.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Jews dont kill Jews....or anyone for that matter except in self defence.....but it is well known around the world that muslims slaughter muslims daily.....nice try....muslims are known for lies and revisionist history......

      March 23, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Naif

      hmmm ,
      Only one example:

      March 23, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. israel forever!!!

    all the arabs are terrorists!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      The state of Israel has been guilty of killing innocent people when they sent missiles to the other terrorists land so be careful of who you call terrorists. Can you imagine the terror in a Palestinian woman's eyes when her innocent baby had to be buried because the Israeli's shells landed blocks away from the intended targets? Stereotyping is always a bad idea. I'm an American, pride and true, but I don't want to be stereotyped as greedy and racist like so many members of the republican party are. I like my fellow citizens and I don't mind paying a little more so that the people around me can be healthy.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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