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Israeli leaders vowed to find and capture the terrorists who on Wednesday morning planted and remotely detonated two bombs at bus stops in Jerusalem, killing a 16-year-old Israeli and injuring more than 22 people.
Mohammad Hamada, spokesman for the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza, hailed the double attack as a signal of “occupation” and threatened that “the coming days will be tense and difficult for the enemy.”
“The time has come to create cells that are dispersed throughout Palestine and ready for confrontation,” — Hamada said.
After meeting with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and other senior US officials on Monday in Washington to discuss the Iranian threat and the local deterioration of the situation with Palestinian terrorist groups, IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi cut short his US visit to return to Israel in light of the security situation.
“The time of the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, planners of terrorist attacks and sponsors of terrorist attacks is limited”, — outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday.
“They can run, they can hide; it won't help them. We will get to them. If they resist, they will be killed. Otherwise, we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law,” — Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in an official statement.
Lapid briefed Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on a situation where the new prime minister visited some of the 22 hospitalized victims and vowed to ” ;do everything to quickly restore the safety of all Israeli citizens.”
Israeli-Canadian citizen Aryeh Shehopak from Jerusalem's Har Nof district was mortally wounded in the first explosion, and died of his wounds at the Shaarei Medical Center -Zedek.
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