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. krishna

    watching th news story unfold on tv...CNN- can u please let the medical services person whom u r interviewing right now do his work rather than u doing analysis n paralysis of te story!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. ron

    Arabs destroy everything,
    soon europe will be vanished.

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

      Arabs are Terrorist.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Non-Believers Must Die

    To say there is a Jew or Christian on this earth who does not deserve to die is like saying there is a flower who does not deserve to bloom. The Jews openly criticized the prophet in his time, and the Christians have had many opportunities to find Allah but engage in a disgusting life of sin and bomb Muslim lands. Anybody who feels that there is one Jew or Christian on this earth who does not deserve to die in an eternal fire is a Zionist, and should have their free speech revoked. If you take away the honor killings we do to help you fools see the light, Islam really is a peaceful religion.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark L.

      It truly amazes me how many IDIOTS such as yourself are out there in this world!!!! Who is your God? Or better yet your Allah? Is it Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, maybe? Or maybe Osama bin Laden?? YOU ARE A COMPLETE MORON!!!!

      March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So you think the ENTIRE world except for Muslims deserves to die? How about, instead of that, we go with MAJORITY RULE and just rid the world of Allah and Muslims. There are peaceful Muslims, but if the Muslim religion was destroyed, there would be more world peace. Look at it this way (FOR EVERY SANE PERSON HERE): If the Jews put down their weapons, would the fighting stop? No. But if the Muslims put down their weapons, would the fighting stop? Yes. "Non-Believers Must Die" is the only person who needs to re-evaluate his priorities.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      Christians are in trouble if majority rules you idiot.

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

      muhammad was a pedophile liar....

      March 23, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      ROTFL yeah yeah, all hail the pedophile muhamed! whatever.

      March 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ron

    If it was in Gaza, it was in the Headline with a picture of "poor" plastinian child

    March 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fred


    Don't you agree if Israel wants Hamas they can go in and destroy it. Why havn't they done so? Wouldn't it be a relief to both sides and both the Jews and Muslims can live in peace.

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


      Israel could wipe Hamas off the map in a DAY if it wanted too. But that would require ethnic cleansing...something Israel isn't going to commit. The people of Gaza elected Hamas, remember the supposedly " fair" elections back in 2006? well the people they elected have to take responsibility in their own hands. Israel does not want Gaza..Israel removed the Yamit settlements to get out of it, only to have rockets fired..its who Hamas is obligated to that is causing the problem..Iran and Syria wont allow Hamas to negotiate peace. Hamas is a proxy for them in their own wars against Israel.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Insan Mukmin


    March 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Your lands, you terrorist?? This is why the world hates Muslims. Stop just claiming land. It's not yours. Jerusalem is actually JEWISH LAND RIGHT NOW, but the Jews are willing to share it. It's radical Muslims like yourself that aren't willing to share it, and need all of it, which is ridiculous. I learned in Kindergarten that sharing is caring, and if you're not willing to share, you deserve none of it. Go to h-ell, Insan.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      It doesn't matter what land you worship on, God and Allah are the same and they are everywhere. The Palestinians and Jews are fighting over that land like Americans in New York are fighting to keep ground zero Muslim free.

      March 23, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      What occupation? You cant occupy land that is yours...."palestinians" who are basically a made up nation by the aids riddled arafat dont even such place as "palestine" Jerusalem has only been the capitol of ONE nation throughout all history, and that is Israel......your eye sore of a mosque is build ON TOP of the Jewish Temple Mount, so hmmmmm.......and simple uneducated person like yourself can easily see which came first.....nice try though......and you "fakestinians" must decide...terror and gert nos sleep and retaliation, or stop the lies and revisionist history and go back to the surrounding arab countries you came from.........and also go back to your imam in your dirty mosque and tell him he lied to such place as "palestine" insan mukman, go get an education then come back.....

      March 23, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wodja

    An actual headline on CNN that doesn't read something like: "The IDF claims a so-called bomb may have injured a few people and CLAIMS it was placed there by """"""""Palestinian terrorists"""""". Someone at CNN forgot to take their daily dosage of Anti-Israeli, Jihadi Arab-asskissing medication today... the one they took when they put "terrorists" in parenthesis after a fun-loving peaceful "freedom fighter" stabbed to death a 3-month old baby and his family

    March 23, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      They got called on that, so now they just report it way low key. As if a bomb was just a mishap, a flat tire, or a driver that fell asleep at the wheel.

      March 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    God Bless Israel.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. uhwat

    Why is global terrorist almost exclusively associated with Islam? Anyone who has read the evil Quran, the Hadith, and the writings of Muslim scholars and leaders would not be confused. Islam is supremely arrogant, intolerant, mendacious, and downright evil. Not all Muslims are this way, but their backwards religion provides the infrastructure and justification for continuous hatred of all others and even each other. Islam has no mechanism for reform. There is nobody in charge and many factions that hate and kill each other over "their" version of Islam. Islam is so twisted that they think that killing innocents is a way to guarantee them a place in heaven. Islam must make Satan very happy. Terrorist attacks from Muslims are guaranteed around the world until Islam itself is eliminated.

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

    The president of the USA Jimmy Carter explain to Elan where is Phillistine and How people are livig there !

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    Oh how I wish that Israel would grow a set of cajones and give Hamas what they deserve. I hope this is the straw that breaks the camels back. I hope they go in and blow gaza back to the stone age. Its not Israels problem that Hamas chooses to shield themselves behind innocent men women and children. If you are going to let that happen, than you will suffer the consenquences. You also did not see People dancing in the streets of Israel after the people in gaza were killed. You ask where was CNN's report after this happened?Where was CNN after a TERRORIST from Gaza snuck into Itamar and slaughtered a family of five?!! There was a huge celebration in the streets of Gaza after this happened. I am sick and tired of the world's complete ignorance. In case the world is not aware, because media outlets such as CNN chose not to elaborate on it. A Terrorist from Gaza snuck into Itamar, Israel last friday night, and slaughtered a family of five. A mother, father, and three children, including a three month old baby. He stabbed to death a three month old baby!!! What happened in gaza is no comparison. Where is the worlds outcry? This is unbeleivable.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. uhwat

    Even Allah is sick of Muslims and their evil religion.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mochtar Marhum

    I hope the number of people in Arab World who embrace Democracy will significantly increase following the recent Arab nation protest call for their otoritrian leaders to step down.The current domino effect of massive protests for Democracy in Arab world is good for supporting peace promotion. In other words, I Think the implementation of Democracy can control and minimize violent act in midle eastern region.
    Mochtar M

    March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marley

    After watching a shocking video depicting Muslims with their little children and knives in their hands and worse what are
    we supposed to think? That those people are innocent bystanders in the reign of terror against Israel? Thats just not possible!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joshua

    First thing, I'm in the Military and fight along many people who are muslim, so believe me when I say the muslim population is misunderstood. With that said we are now diffrent they are a group of people who have extremeist living amungst them, here in the USA we have KKK, Arean Nation, Black Panther, ect, So we have no right to talk.
    Now you people who claim to be christian just stop you need to stop claim and start being, What happened to thall shall not judge and thall shall not murder. You guys are the one the preacher is talking about when he says false christian when they harm you turn the other cheek don't hate them.
    What happened to rising up, bearing arms, sticking up for our fellow man, has it been long forgotten.
    Our country is crumbling under us do to racism and war. What if the only way to get peace again was to stop hating each other and forgive turn the cheek. the scary thing is the fact that it is. Our commander in chief and president of the USA made a critical decision that save the lives of people who had the sam mind set as our forefathers he had the courage to stand up. So because you have no courage you are going to critisize him. These people want a country with a fair way of life. they want the same rights as us in a way they look up to us but we need to look up to there mind set.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
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