A bomb exploded on a bus in Israel's capitol of Tel Aviv yesterday, and officials are linking the explosion to a terrorist attack planned by Hamas.
The explosion went off around 12 noon in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people. It took place on a busy artery in the city, near both the Tel Aviv museum and Israel's national defense headquarters.
The bomb was a part of the series of attacks that the Hamas government and Israel have been firing at each other over the last week, already killing 130 Palestinians and five Israelis. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the region in effort to help ease the violence through a cease-fire - when the bomb went off.
The Huffington Post reports:
The bus was charred and blackened, its side windows blown out and its glass scattered on the asphalt. The wounded were evacuated and blood was splattered on the sidewalk.
An Israeli driver who witnessed the explosion told Army Radio the bus was "completely charred inside." Another witness said there were few passengers on the bus when it exploded. The witnesses spoke to Israeli TV and were not identified.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities were investigating whether the bomb had been planted and left on the bus or whether it was the work of a suicide bomber.
"We strongly believe that this was a terror attack," he said.
He said that of the 10 wounded, three were moderately to seriously hurt.
The violence in Israel is out of control. We pray the two sides will come to a cease-fire agreement soon.