by: Ilse Strauss
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 | A 16-year-old boy is dead and scores more people were injured—two critically—in two terror bombings in Jerusalem this morning in what Israeli police call a coordinated Palestinian terror attack.
Both explosions occurred at crowded bus stops, the first at the main entrance to Jerusalem near the Central Bus Station and the second in a busy residential area.
This is the first time that terror bombs have exploded in the Israeli capital in nearly a decade and brings back horrific memories of the terrible days during the Second Intifada (uprising) when explosions tore through busses, restaurants and shopping centers all too frequently.
The first explosion rocked the city just after 7:00 a.m., when roads are chock-full with cars and busses inching through rush hour traffic, sidewalks teem with pedestrians and commuters spill from crowded bus stops. There’s one more thing. At this hour, Jerusalem overflows with children heading to school.
The terrorists chose their target well: a crowded bus stop perched right on main artery pumping traffic into the city, right across the street from a popular playground. More than a dozen people were injured in the blast, including two critically and two seriously. One of the victims, 16-year-old Aryeh Shechopeka, was later declared dead at the hospital.
The second bomb exploded minutes later. This time the target was an equally packed bus station in a nearby residential area. Five people were injured in the blast.
According to the police, the terrorists left the explosives in bags at the bus stops and then detonated the bombs remotely. The bags were also stuffed with nails that were sent flying in the blast, tearing metal, glass and vulnerable human flesh to shreds.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, but Hamas, the terror group ruling the Gaza Strip, hailed the bombings.
“The coming days will be intense and more difficult for the enemy, the time has come for the creation of cells that are spread all over Palestine and are ready for a confrontation,” Mohammad Hamada, a Hamas spokesperson said in a statement.
This morning’s blasts come amid heightened tensions. In an ongoing wave of terror that has ebbed and flown, Palestinian terrorists have murdered 29 people since the beginning of the year in a spate of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. The majority of the attacks were, however, concentrated in Judea and Samaria, with a number of stabbings and attempted stabbings in Jerusalem.
As Jerusalemites square their shoulders—yet again—and return to the routine of daily life, as it is forced to do every time when terror strikes, we urge you to join us as we pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6).
Posted on November 23, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 23, 2022)
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