Bomb Blast In Tel Aviv Wounds 10 People
Will Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her efforts to bring peace to the Gaza strip work even after such a traumatic event occurred? Details after the jump.
An attack on the Israeli nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv wounded at least 10 people early this morning, as a bomb ripped through a bus, according to Israeli officials. The attack came as diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, shuttled around the region to try to broker a cease fire following a week-long Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire int Israel has killed five Israelis.
The bus exploded about noon on one of the coastal city’s busiest arteries, near the Tel Aviv museum and across from an entrance to Israeli’s national defense headquarters.
With diplomats scrambling to find a way to still enact a peace treaty, an Israeli driver who witnessed the explosion told Army Radio that the bus was “completely charred inside.” Another witness said that there were few passengers on the bus when it exploded. The witnesses spoke to Israeli TV and were not identified.
Currently, Mickey Rosenfeld (police spokesman) 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. Of the 10 wounded, three were moderately to seriously hurt.
The last bombing in Tel Aviv was in April 2006, when a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 11 people at a sandwich stand near the city’s old central bus station.
We will keep you posted with this as more develops.