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17 wounded in blast on Tel Aviv bus as truce remains elusive

Published on Nov 21, 2012 6:44 PM
 
Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv on Nov 21, 2012. An explosion hit a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TEL AVIV (AFP, REUTERS) - A blast ripped through a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, injuring 17 people in what Israel said was a "terrorist" attack, further vexing international efforts to end relentless Gaza-linked violence.

The attack came as Hamas-controlled Gaza was rocked by new Israeli air strikes, and as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations chief Ban Ki Moon shuttled between Jerusalem and Ramallah trying to secure a halt to the bloodletting.

"A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv. This was a terrorist attack," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman said on his official Twitter account.

Medics said 17 people were wounded, including one in moderate to serious condition, while another three sustained moderate injuries.

 
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