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. nick rosen

    God save the jews! And may there be peace in the whole world!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. ABD

    I have a solution for all suicide bombings. Give the palestinians rockets, Tanks, and F-16 and train them on how to use them then I gurantee none will ever bomb himself any more. when the zionists kill palestinians using all kind of weapons no body say anything, when a palestinian use his soul to hurt a zionist they say he is a terroritst, but the zionists pilots they call them Heros.

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

      Ahhh ,True ! People are killing themselves although it is clearly mentioned in the Quran that it is prohibited :
      1-Quranic Verse1: “Don’t kill yourself. No doubt Allah (swt) is merciful and anyone.."
      2-Hadith : “Whoever kills himself with an iron weapon, he will be tortured in hell with the same weapon”. (Bokhari)

      But People in Occupied Palestine are under very inhumane occupation with daily humiliation ,and killing...They couldn't tolerate it ..

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

      You can give them whatever they want...maybe then they will fight like men instead of stabbing babies...the "palestinians" would still lose because their cause is not just...their own brothers dont want these vial backwards violent people......stop firing rockets into Israel and I guarantee you Israel will never have to take defensive measures against you........any country in the world that received rockets on innocent civilians would be carpet bombed like berlin in WW2......

      March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Foton

      I think it takes more than that. Weren't there conflicts in '67 and '72 where both sides had tanks, and rockets, and planes? What happened there?

      March 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. janet oney

    I don't know who was behind tis..IAll I know is that Islam doesn't have any faith in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob..If they did they would know that terrorism, harming woman and children, by using them as human shields is blatant MURDER...So is MURDERING ISRAELI's...May those who have been injured be raised up and healed by the power of G-d and the excellence of Israel's excellent health care..Thanks to the first responders, the best in the world...May all Israeli's take to heart this., there are still millions of us Americans and non- Jeswish people aroundthe world who love you and support you. Please do not lose heart of faith..G-d Bless your wonderful nation and Prime Minister Netanyahu..

    March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      Is there a reason you take the "o" out of the word God?

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

      Amen. Amen. Amen.

      March 23, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. PhooBar

    And the merry-go-round gets another turn...
    May I suggest a little light reading?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philistines
    http://www.imninalu.net/myths-pals.htm
    Choose your truth and stick with it

    March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. JB

    all muslims and quaron followers are idiots...how dare u fools try to criticize christians and followers of jesus..your stupid muslim religion teaches "your kind" to hate the USA and its people and followers of jesus and that we are muslims enemys...rediculous..you should all move back to the middle east if u hate the US so much..take ur familys too..and all your blashphemous stupid quaron books too...u muslims make me sick

    March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. wmm

    Evil and unethical try, any one with any level of IQ can determine you are not Muslim. You are someone who is trying to initiate comments against Muslim and Islam and promote hatred against Muslim. This is an old technique that no longer works.

    Any Muslim knows that the Quran said:

    “Whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if be had killed all mankind” (5:23).

    March 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Achraf

    Jermey,
    Yes the Palestinians have to clean up their territory and I agree, and the Israelies have to clean up their government and military. If you remember the rockets yesterday started after the bombing of the innocents. I want both sides to stop and I want our media here to be fair that's all, report everything as it is so people like you and me don't have a biased opinion. We all are good people and can tell who is right and who wrong provided we receive the correct and unbiased information.
    Anyway this is not gonna happen anytime soon as long as people think it is all because of the palestinans who send rockets and otheris think israli citizens are responsible because their government bombs innocents.
    Peace

    March 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mochtar Marhum

    My simpathy and condolences go the victims and their loved ones.

    I strongly condemn the violent act that has killed and injured innocent civilians.

    The perpetrators must be captured and brought to the justice. By the way let's keep promoting peace in Palestine and Jerusalem.

    Mochtar M
    Indonesia

    March 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    You live by violence, you're going to get hit by violence... tragic innocents were killed, but Israel does it on a daily basis to the Palestinians......

    March 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      There were no fatalities reported.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark L.

      Another IDIOT!!!! What is this world coming too???? Israel does it to the Palestinians every day??? Where do you get your news from, the Iranian Post?? Or maybe the Fascist Nazi Tribune??? TRY THE OTHER WAY AROUND MORON !!!! Palestinians kill innocent Israeli civilians on a daily basis. ISRAEL WILL ALWAYS HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND HERSELF!!!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Elan

    Thankfully, there is no Palestine.

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

    Is it me or is CNN minimizing terror attacks in Israel lately? They make it sound as if it had been an accident like a blown tire or a crash.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. schmez

    Again, terroism rears its ugly head in the Holy City. Religion, killing people through righteousness for 3,000 years.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Jerusalem. For those who believe this act is in any way a good thing YOU are the problem with this world. For the dude in NY who obviously has issues, do us all a favor and step out into traffic.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Miguel Rodriguez

    If this is the worst that the 'terrorists' can do, then the extensive security measures within Israel are clearly working.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nada

    I have no sympathy for children killers, occupiars, criminals and racists such zionists.

    I have more sympathy for my dog, but not isreal

    March 23, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark L.

      LMAO – Baby Killers? Who are the REAL Baby Killer??? Let me spell it out for you....H.A.M.A.S....You get it now? YOU ARE SUCH AN IDIOT !!!!! Who is your God? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maybe?

      March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Hey Nada, didnt the Iranian regime kill you.....? Oh no sorry that was Neda........
      No such place as "palestine" no such people as "palestinians" The Aids riddled Arafat created them thats it....now go home to the surrounding arab countries you came from.....oh wait, they dont want you either.......

      March 23, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      You chose a very appropriate name. Nada in Spanish means "nothing" and that is what you are. Want to talk about children killers? The woman that died was pregnant. How about hamas firing rockets at pre-schools in Sederot? Go spew your "narrative" (code for made up history) to the ignorant and the naive.

      March 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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