A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem yesterday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which coincided with an upsurge of violence on the Gaza border that has led to fears of a new war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, after months of relative quiet.
Medics said three people were seriously hurt by the explosion, which hit one of the main routes into central Jerusalem in the afternoon, shattering the windows of a nearby bus. A woman in her 60s died in the hospital.
Police said it was a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first time Jerusalem had been hit by such a bomb since 2004.
In Gaza, a Hamas spokesman said the group, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, was seeking to reverse the recent rise in violence and “to protect stability and to work in order to restore the conditions on ground.”
At the height of a Palestinian uprising that began in 2000, but which died out in recent years, militants carried out dozens of often deadly bombings in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem.