Explosion hits bus in Tel Aviv as deadly Gaza crisis rages

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By NBC News staff and wire reports

Updated at 6:06 a.m. ET

Explosion hits bus in Tel Aviv as deadly Gaza crisis rages

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Israeli police survey the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

Updated at 6:42 a.m. ET: An explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday injured 10 people, three seriously, a medical official told NBC News as the deadly Gaza crisis continued.

The blast happened as Israeli airstrikes continued to shake the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets were fired into Israel, amid negotiations about a possible truce.

Tel Aviv police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the U.K.’s Sky News that the bus blast took place in the heart of the city and that the surrounding area had been cordoned off as police searched for suspects.

“At the moment, we’re looking to see exactly what was the cause of the explosion itself,” Rosenfeld said, adding it might have been caused by a device left on the bus or taken on by a passenger.

“This was a terrorist attack,” Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Reuters.

Avital Leibovich, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson, said on Twitter that the blast happened near her office in Tel Aviv. “Still looking for the bomber, more police sirens, helicopter still in the air,” she tweeted at about 5:43 a.m. ET.

 

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