One woman has been killed and dozens of people wounded after an explosion ripped through Jerusalem.
A cabinet minister said the blast was caused by a bomb hidden in a bag. The bomb was tied to a telephone pole near the city’s central bus station. The force of the explosion blew out the windows of two crowded buses, one of which was heading towards a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. At least 31 people are reported wounded.
A spokesman for Israel’s embassy in Washington initially reported via Twitter that it was a suicide bombing but retracted his statement soon after.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
A woman died in the blast. Some of those hurt are in a serious condition.
Nearby roads have been sealed off and a search was under way for any additional devices.
Bombings have been rare in Jerusalem in recent years but tensions have risen in recent days in the Gaza Strip. Eight Palestinians, including children, were killed there yesterday in Israeli air raids.