Israel Bus Bomb

November 22, 2012 by  

Israel Bus Bomb, The bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday was less devastating than the suicide attacks that Israeli civilians endured in cafes, buses, beaches and restaurants during the second Palestinian uprising more than a decade ago. But the explosion, which injured about 20 people, was still a reminder of how quickly the current Gaza conflict could escalate and spread deep into Israel.

The explosion came about nine hours before a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel went into effect. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at noon on a nearly empty bus on a main road near the offices of the Israel Defense Forces.

The head of the political wing of Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, told CNN on Wednesday that his group was not responsible.

“Who created the circumstances which led to this operation?” asked Khaled Meshal. “It is (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu who with his crimes in killing the kids of Gaza and the continuity of aggression, he creates such ramifications everywhere.”

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters at the scene that there was no warning of a specific attack and added, “it’s very clear that this is a terrorist attack.”

Israeli towns near Gaza regularly bear the brunt of rocket attacks but Wednesday’s bomb was the first of its kind in Tel Aviv since 2006, when a Palestinian man blew himself up next to a sandwich stand near a bus station.

During the second Palestinian intifada from 2000 to 2006, Hamas and other militant groups unleashed waves of suicide bombings and sniper attacks. Casualties on both sides were in the thousands as Israel retaliated.

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