4 Injured in Jerusalem Explosion
JERUSALEM (AP) _ An explosive device went off today near a bread vendor’s cart outside the walled Old City of Jerusalem, injuring four Palestinians, police said.
The explosion came a day after a Palestinian was stabbed and wounded in the ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim district of the city, the third such stabbing in the area in recent days.
Police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said police were investigating motives for the explosion, including the possibility that the device was planted by Jewish militants. He said there were no immediate signs that the stabbings and the blast were connected.
The four Palestinians injured today were taken to a nearby hospital, Ben-Ruby said.
The explosion came at a time of heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians. The West Bank has been swept by daily stone-throwing protests over the shooting deaths of three Palestinians earlier this week at an army roadblock in the West Bank.
Jerusalem’s Old City is also a frequent site of Israeli-Arab violence. It is located in east Jerusalem, the sector Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as a future capital.