JERUSALEM (AP) – Twin suicide bombings killed at least 13 people in Israel on Tuesday – striking a bus stop crowded with Israeli soldiers in a Tel Aviv suburb and a cafe in a Jewish neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The attacks underscored the collapse of U.S.-backed peace efforts.
There have been about 100 suicide bombings against Israelis over the past three years, but rarely have two attacks been carried out on the same day. Both bombers also died in Tuesday’s blasts, which happened hours apart and wounded about 15 people in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Letzion and more than 30 in Jerusalem.
There was no claim of responsibility for either attack. But Hamas members praised the first bombing, in Rishon Letzion. The Islamic militant group had been expected to avenge Israel’s attempt on the life of its spiritual leader Saturday.