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The separate blasts came after a 16-year-old Palestinian man was killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian officials.
Explosions near two bus stops in Jerusalem injured at least 12, according to hospitals receiving the injured.
Israeli police said Wednesday’s incidents are suspected of being a Palestinian attack.
The blasts came hours after a 16-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian officials said.
The first explosion in Jerusalem occurred near a bus station along a highway leading out of the city that is usually crowded with commuters.
Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reported that there was then a controlled explosion in a separate location, and that the explosions were the first Jerusalem had seen “for many years”.
Yosef Haim Gabay, a medic who was on the scene when the blast happened, told Army Radio that “there is damage all over here” and that some of the injured were bleeding profusely.
Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
While the cause was still being determined, the incident came amid high Israeli-Palestinian tensions, following months of Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank sparked by a series of deadly attacks on Israelis that killed 19 people.
More than 130 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, making 2022 the deadliest year since 2006.
At least 25 people were also killed on the Israeli side.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, a far-right lawmaker who has called for the death penalty for Palestinian attackers and is set to become the police minister in the country’s new government, said the attack had given him the impetus to take a tougher stance on Palestinian attackers.
“Time to take a hard line against terrorists, time to clean up,” he tweeted.
Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules the Gaza Strip and once carried out suicide bombings against Israelis, praised the perpetrators of the attacks, calling them a heroic operation, but refrained from claiming responsibility.
“The occupation is reaping the price for its crimes and aggressions against our people,”