A bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop near Jerusalem’s main bus station on Wednesday, killing one woman and wounding at least 24 other people. It was the worst attack in Jerusalem in four years, putting Israelis on alert, shattering years of relative calm here and prompting international condemnation.
The blast came amid escalating tensions along Israel’s border with Gaza.
On Tuesday, stray Israeli mortar fire killed three Palestinian youths and a 60-year-old man as Israel responded to a rocket attack. Soon afterward, the Israeli Air Force killed four militants in a car in Gaza, all members of Islamic Jihad. The Israeli military said the men were preparing to launch more rockets at Israel.
On Tuesday night and Wednesday, Palestinian militants fired rockets deep into southern Israel, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza. The spiraling violence pushed the already dim prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations further away as talk in Israel turned to the need for firm action to restore the country’s security.