Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Explosion

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Just after 3:00 pm a bomb exploded next to one of the many bus stops on this big road between Jerusalem's Central Bus Station and Binyanei HaUma convention center.
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One woman has died and over 40 were injured, 3 very seriously, from the flying shrapnel.
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All the windows on the right side of bus 74 were broken by the blast and bus 14 was also damaged.
Terrorists fill their bombs with nails and screws and ballbearings.
So, between flying glass and flying metal, many were physically hurt or else in shock.
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More at the Jerusalem Post.
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For several years Jerusalem has been spared these terrorist bombings and we got used to a more quiet life. Now . . . ?
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It has been a bad 24 hours in southern Israel too, with 4 Grad missiles being fired from Gaza into the cities of Beersheva and Ashdod and dozens of mortars landing in kibbutzim and rural areas.
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27 comments:

Petrea said...

I'm glad you're safe, Dina. I'm so sorry, so sorry, for all the violence.

Spiderdama said...

It`s so sad..I wrote it in the Norwegian newspaper earlier to day and I was crying.
It`s not good and I hope and pray for peace. And I hope we can visit Israel as we have planned.
Be blessed Dina. Hugs from Tania

Jedediah said...

I just heard and I'm glad you're safe. I'm so sorry and I really hope that it will not happen again.

Karl said...

Sad, very sad...

Rob and Mandy said...

Just saw it on the BBC. Glad you're safe. Got some relatives in Nazerat right now, on the way to Haifa, fortunately they're safe as well.

cieldequimper said...

Oh no, I've just come back from work and didn't listen to the radio on the way home. It just keeps going on, it makes me so angry.

Reader Wil said...

Thank God you can write about it and are safe. Sometimes we forget that Israel is continuously in danger of bombing. We often pray for Israel in church. We know about the dangers. My thoughts are with you and your country

This is Belgium said...

I just discovered your blog, and am happy to have found it, but sorry about the news

Kay said...

Oh no... I saw this in the news this morning and thought about you right away! I know you travel everywhere on buses and trains. This is such a scary time. If the tragedy is not natural, it's man-made. Please try to stay safe.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

It's always guess work trying to figure out the "why nows?" and whose agenda is being served. Glad your safe. Hideous stuff.

Leif Hagen said...

There's just too much "crap" going on in our world today!

DawnTreader said...

I heard this on our TV news earlier tonight. So sorry!!!

Dina said...

Shalom and thank you all for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

Tania, come, it will be OK.

This is Belgium, welcome. Usually the posts are happier than this one. Please visit again.

And now I say good night. See you all in the morning, God willing.

Hels said...

What a tragedy for ordinary families going to school, shopping, getting to work etc. I know this wasn't a suicide bomb and the murderer planted the bomb and ran away, but do you think security has softened a bit in the last couple of years.

Coming straight after the massacre of the Fogel family, the sense of loss and tragedy is too much to bear.

ρομπερτ said...

If I remember it right, it might have been already seven years ... saw it as well on the news during the evening.
Patience, strength and only the very best of thought for you all.

Suzanne said...

Lilah Tov Dina,
May God's peace surround Jerusalem and peace be within her walls. I am glad you are unharmed.

Alice said...

Be safe, Dina and Israel.

Anonymous said...

I saw the news of the rockets and bomb on the news this afternoon and thought of you and our other friends in Israel. My prayers are with you.

MaryA

Dina said...

Helen, actually the parcel containing the bomb was sighted by the owner of the nearby kiosk. He told people to move away from it and then called the police. The radio keeps broadcasting the recording in which he tells the police there is a suspicious bag and before he can say where, it explodes and people are heard screaming.
So I think the public awareness about suspicious objects is still alive and well, even after several years without a bomb.

Robert, if you have the stomach for it, here is a timeline of terrorism in Jerusalem in recent years:
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/timeline-terror-returns-to-jerusalem-after-three-year-lull-1.351395

Suzanne, Alice, and MaryA, are prayers are much appreciated and needed.

VP said...

Some ugly echoes from the past... I am sorry for all the innocent victims and I really hope that something will be done to avoid future theats.

Reader Wil said...

I wish you God's guidance in the darkness of Earth Hour. There should also be a Humanity Hour to observe!

Irina said...

I am so sorry, Dina. And Russian weapon Grad.

Dina said...

Irina, ah yes, Russian, I almost forgot. Does grad mean hail?
But the Grad rockets are not as bad as the big SCUD missiles that Iraq fired on us (around my apartment near Tel Aviv) during the Gulf War.

Francisca said...

I read about this horror in the news and thought of you, Dina, and my other friends in Israel. But I'd rather think of you with a more pleasant prompt. This sucks big time, to use street language.

Pietro said...

I'm glad you are safe, Dina.
So sad, no progress, always the same terrible things: when man will learn and make a break-through?

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Glad you are safe, very very sad though. Thinking of you.

Dick said...

I'm glad you are ok but it's horrible for the people who were in or near the bus. Do you think it will ever end?