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. tammy

    if the victims were Palastinians this news would be in the front page of this CNN website!!

    March 23, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    What would America do if Canada or Mexico decided to start firing rockets. They would go in and destroy them. Its time for Israel to do the same thing.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    Jimmy Carter is a blabbering, senile, village idiot. He will probably go down as the worst president in history. The wall wasn't built because Israel has nothing else to do with their time. It was built to keep terrorists out of Israel.

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

      well it may be a tie with obama....

      March 23, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jacob Herenstein

    I have been told be eye witnesses that 3 people are told to be dead.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. stephanie

    I just read all the comments, and it makes me sad to see what people think about israel. IDF stands for Israel DEFENSE Force. We do not fight! We defend, and people who say israel is not our land I think you should so some more research. This is sad too read. Hopefully one day these terrorists will realise what they are doing is leading to no where!
    Am israel hai

    March 23, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Alex is so right. You make so much sense, Alex. The Palestinians claim to be victims, but if they laid down their weapons the wars would be over. The Palestinians have never been accepted throughout history because of their barbaric ways- for thousands of years, societies have seen them as the lowest contributors to society and have tried to rid themselves of the arabs. NO ONE WANTS YOU BECAUSE OF THE HAVOC YOU WREAK. WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?? Leave the rest of the world alone already.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jordan

    also obama is a big wimp loser.......he says nothing when the iranian regime was shooting young peaceful female protesters like dogs in the streets....but agrees to bomb libya because the UN said it was o.k.........pathetic.....

    March 23, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    First off jews, muslims, and christians share the same "one god." Secondly what's happening in israel isn't more complicated than this video. After ww1 the world divid up all of the middle east to british and french rule, similar to what puerto rico or guam is to americans. Anyways..after ww1 and when hitler took power in germany, many jews fled to Palestine and many weren't allowed in, yeah england didn't let them escape europe..during this time the jews were setting up cities and town and establishments in israel, especially tele avi, many arabs have serious misguided sterotypes of jews as do christians of muslims and jews. I was raised in a jewish catholic household and I'm a religious studies major in college and this forum is the funniest thing I've seen all day. No god anywhere permits war..if the palestines would take the dr king approach they would of succeed a lot more. Violence doesn't bring peace or understanding. Jewish people We deserve a homeland, muslims and christians have safe places of their own that they have the power to control their own destiny. If the jewish population is killed off than even in death hitler wins...

    March 23, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. ken taylor

    Now one will be happy in the middle east until they are all dead and martres for what. Some wacko cults, named christanity jewdism ,and muslim faiths.maybe some bigger bomb will solve all our problems.so we can get back to the bigger issues like who is going to win the vancouver ,detroit redwings game tonight

    March 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Silas

    WOW! Scrolling through the posts I saw every kind of Jesus freak, neo-nazi and other religious freak siting facts from the Cartoon Network. I thought I was on the Fox News web site for a moment. Can't you people discuss the issues without that greatest of mankind's folly, religion?
    Look, I don't think the majority of Muslims are terrorists or even support it, but do the math. If only 1% do, that more than 1,000,000 willing to die for Allah. As recent events in the middle east show, the Arab leaders use Israel and the great satin to deflect their domestic issues. And they control the media and propaganda. There's the rub. Between religion and propaganda the hate will surely go on.

    March 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ken taylor

    Okay you can not nuke them all that is just crazy talk.but maybe jjust sterliize them all .and I 60 70 80 years no more radical ,left right. No more twisted battle cries over who did what these issue they fight over are older than religon .hatfield and mcoy ,real hilbilly stuff. got to go sportsnet is on

    March 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ken taylor

    Ok the guys on sportnet said sterilizing everyone in the middle east will not work either .so you can not nuke them all you can not sterlize them all.hmmm.should we do sonething so radical as ,yes I am going to say the c word .ask charlie sheen he will no .or mybe the gals on the view ,or no no no ask. The guys on sportsnet they got all the answers problem solved ,what do you think wolf .oh got to go my hot chocolate and pizza pops are ready

    March 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ken taylor

    All in the name of christianity jewdism and muslim faiths. What awaste of time . Get them all out .prop up a easterbunny santa. Claus .and the little guy from lucky charms regime

    March 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ken taylor

    Problem solved

    March 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar r

    Ken Taylor: Hi guy.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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