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Israel: At least one dead, 14 wounded in explosions at Jerusalem bus stops

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Two bombs went off near bus stops in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing one and injuring at least 14 people, in what police said were suspected attacks by Palestinian militants.One of the blasts went off near a bus stop on the edge of the city, where commuters usually crowd waiting for buses.

The second went off in Ramot, a neighbourhood in the city's north. Hospitals said they received about a dozen wounded, including two who were critically injured and two seriously.

One person succumbed to their injuries at the hospital, police said."It was a crazy explosion. There is damage everywhere here, " Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic who was at the scene when the blast occurred, told Israeli Army Radio. "I saw people with wounds bleeding all over the place."There has been an uptick in recent weeks in Palestinian attacks.Israeli-Palestinian tensions are high, following months of Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank prompted by a spate of deadly attacks against Israelis that killed 19 people.

The violence also comes as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding coalition talks after national elections and is likely to form what is expected to be Israel's most right-wing government.Police said the twin blasts occurred amid the buzz of rush hour traffic, and they closed a section of the main highway leading out of the city, where the first explosion went off.While Palestinians have carried out stabbings, car rammings and shootings in recent years, bombing attacks have become very rare since the end of a Palestinian uprising nearly two decades ago.The Islamic militant Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and once carried out suicide bombings against Israelis, praised the perpetrators of the attacks, calling it a heroic

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