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Police: Explosion on Israeli bus, no casualties
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 24/12/2013 10:25
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Israeli police officers inspect the scene of an explosion inside a bus
on Dec. 22, 2013 in the Mediterranean coastal city of Bat Yam, in
the suburb of Tel Aviv (AFP Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A suspicious object found on an empty Israeli bus near Tel Aviv exploded on Sunday but caused no casualties, police said.

"After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

"An investigation has been opened and our forces have been deployed in the area to try to identify suspects."

Police had said earlier that a sapper was examining a suspicious object found on the empty bus in the seaside town of Bat Yam when it exploded, but was unhurt.

The driver of the bus had spotted an unattended bag on board, stopped the vehicle and ordered passengers to disembark, Rosenfeld said.

But bus company Dan said the driver had been tipped off by a passenger.

"The passenger opened the backpack and saw wires," news website Ynet quoted Dan spokesman Eitan Fiksman as saying.

The authorities had initially suggested the attack might have been connected to an often violent power struggle among gangsters in the Bat Yam area.

"We urge the public to be particularly vigilant on public transport including buses and trains, and in shopping centres in case of other attempted attacks," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

There was no immediate claim for the attack, but a spokesman for the Hamas movement ruling Gaza praised the operation.

"Hamas welcomes the Bat Yam operation and considers it a courageous and heroic response to the crimes of the occupation," Fawzi Barhum said.

The last bombing to target Israeli public transport was in November last year, when a blast hit a crowded commuter bus as it passed the Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv during rush hour, injuring 17 people.

In 2011 an explosion ripped through a bus at a stop in Jerusalem, killing a British tourist and wounding 30 other people.

Israel said the 2011 and November 2012 blasts were the work of Palestinian militants.

In an October 2013 West Bank raid, Israeli troops killed Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Assi, described by the army as the "planner" of the 2012 Tel Aviv bus bomb, in a firefight.
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1 ) Israel MUST RELAESE MORE / PRISONED TERRORISTS
22/12/2013 18:21
that is the only way to APPEASE ISLAM!

2 ) Rafael / USA
22/12/2013 18:55
Update bomb was terroristic not criminal. So this is officially the end of the negotiations. Hamas and Fatah are trying to "reconcile" and this attempt to kill Jews Israel makes the situation obvious. So the attempted peace progress will regress into lots of funerals. Will this really benefit Palestinians? I suggest reconciling to the fact the Jews are not leaving and ask for individual citizenship such as the Israeli Arabs have done. You will be better off.

3 ) Maureen / Australia
22/12/2013 19:01
"The passenger opened the bag, and saw wires." What a brave/stupid/Mossad opperative? False flag written all over this one!

4 ) Hetty / the Netherlands
22/12/2013 19:41
As usual "wild" accusations without any proof. Ah well, it's the right time for a false flag and ofcourse it will reach the international news. The daily murders for sure done by the occupation forces never reach the news. With some intelligence one can see through this. Just another false flag. And nr 2 Rafael/ USA: i suggest to go to the ICC to finally get justice instead of these silly "piece" talks.

5 ) Maureen dear, Mother TERESA / is a scoundrel
22/12/2013 20:02
compared to you!! God bless you kind soul!

6 ) Just the facts / Palestine
22/12/2013 20:10
This was planted by Israel agents themselves!! It is propaganda food for #1 and #2 who are brainwashed to the bone! The Israelis are experts of deception and lies!!

7 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
22/12/2013 20:58
Hamas and Islamic Jihad already congratulated the perpetrator, you Fools. "False Flag" indeed (not).

8 ) gabe / usa
22/12/2013 20:59
i see a Palestinians being stateless for another million years and thats better for the world because of that act

9 ) Robby / USA
22/12/2013 21:21
Maybe Nasrallah did it?

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 21:56
This was probably a false-flag operation. Not necessarily by the Israeli government -- any settler could have done it.

11 ) Brian COhen / Israel
22/12/2013 22:35
Maureen - I think you're on the Aussie secret service payroll as a covert instigator to drum up support for Israel. Your postings are so virulently anti-social that it turns people off to the Palestinian cause.

12 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/12/2013 22:39
Yes conspiracy theorists it is true. Israeli Mossad has sacrificed 300 Jews who disguised themselves as Palestinians and blew themselves up on Israeli buses and in Israeli restuarants. Yes, Marueen and Colin and #6 - all of those suicide bombers who are worshipped and praised by the Palestinians were really Jews !!! Haa haa haa we are killing ourselves and pretending it is Palestinians who hijacked planes and blew up Israeli schools.... Really? You guys are all so pathetically warped.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 22:57
Everything about this says false flag. First, there were only a dozen passengers on the bus, and the driver said that none of them were 'suspicious' -- i.e. Palestinian. Secondly, the bomb went off while it was being examined -- and the sapper wasn't even injured. It seems to have been a remarkably weak device. I'd suggest looking at the guy who 'discovered' the bomb -- but I imagine the Israeli police don't want to actually do that. It's better if it was a 'Palestinian terrorist attack.'

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 22:59
To Robby #9: 'Maybe Nasrallah did it?' Sure. Hezbollah plants bombs so weak they don't even hurt the guy holding the bag when they blow up.

15 ) Jail / Prison
22/12/2013 23:35
Just release more palestinian terrorists from the prisons - and there will be many more bus bombing.

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 23:53
' "After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.' Notice that they did not say terrorism on behalf of WHOM.

17 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 02:00
My guess is that this was staged. The point would be to maintain the vague impression abroad that Palestinian terrorism is continuing to happen, and to obscure the fact that what is actually occurring is almost entirely a matter of Jews mercilessly persecuting everyone else.

18 ) Simple / Solution
23/12/2013 04:38
Israel should never free palestinian terrorists from jails. Never.

19 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 08:52
I admit, however, when speaking of "settlers" #10, that I've never been to the Mideast, never been to Israel, never been to the Palestinian Territories, don't know either Arabic nor Hebrew, haven't studied the history, but I'm sure I'm right about a "false-flag operation". My hatred of Israel is overweening and that is enough of the truth as I, and the world, can bear. Just read the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" to comprehend what these Jews are really all about.

20 ) the big / FAT
23/12/2013 11:51
FALSE FLAG..

21 ) stepahnie / usa
23/12/2013 11:52
I would say this to all the false flag people.your comments make as much snse as all the arabs throwing rocks must be mossad agents, cause their rocks never seem to hit anyone

22 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/12/2013 12:27
So, Colin finally admits that he knows just about nothing about the middle east and is an expert on explosives, terrorism and phony historic documents like the "protocols". He also admits that he is very happy to continue his illegal occupation of native American lands. Why? Because after 400 years of his governments racist policies they finally gave the surviving Indians the vote and a passport. How noble of him to keep the injuns on their reservations while he lives on their lands.

23 ) @ Simple-18 / USA
23/12/2013 14:59
Israel has also figured this out, and the new method to "never to
free palestinian terrorists from jails" is to never take them alive !!

24 ) Maureen / Australia
23/12/2013 18:29
#Brian Cohen #12, really? The Israeli Mossad did all that, eh? What else... the world was shocked when Netanyahu said 9/11 was good for Israel Was he just having a bad day on that occasion?

25 ) Robby / USA
23/12/2013 18:52
19 ) Colin Wright / USA - Is this a fraud? Although I disagree with just about everything you say this does not sound like your usual stuff.

26 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 23:30
#25 Robby: It's me, alright; the real me.

27 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:03
To Brian Cohen #22: 'So, Colin finally admits that he knows just about nothing about the middle east and is an expert on explosives, terrorism and phony historic documents like the "protocols".' It's a bit silly to first pose as 'Colin Wright' and then point triumphantly to what you yourself just posted. What's the point of that.

28 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:05
To Robby #25: '19 ) Colin Wright / USA - Is this a fraud? Although I disagree with just about everything you say this does not sound like your usual stuff.' Of coruse it's a fraud. There's some Zionist out there so desperate for an argument that all he can come up with is misrepresentation.

29 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:06
To @ #23: 'Israel has also figured this out, and the new method to "never to free palestinian terrorists from jails" is to never take them alive !!' Hush. You're not supposed to ADMIT that murder without trial is official Israeli policy.

30 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:21
Re 'Colin Wright' #19. I have to admit there is a certain (presumably unconscious) artistry in a Zionist throwing up a false-flag post in a discussion about what was probably a Zionist false-flag bombing. It's a good example of how Zionism elaborates lying into what is almost an art form of dizzying complexity. I don't think there's ever been a movement so relentlessly and consciously dishonest.

31 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 04:23
To Maureen #24: 'What else... the world was shocked when Netanyahu said 9/11 was good for Israel Was he just having a bad day on that occasion?' No...on the contrary. As he all but said, he was having a very good day.

32 ) Robby / USA
24/12/2013 18:50
28 ) Colin Wright / USA - That's unfortunate and should not be tolerated. I hope Maan implements registration with email addresses or something. To whoever is using falsely using "Colin Wright / USA" please stop, it does not help anything here. Just because you disagree with someone doesn't give you the right to stifle his opinions. Please stop!

33 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 06:57
Thanks for making our case for security and not having a partner for peace
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