White House 'condemns' twin bombings in Jerusalem which killed one person and injured 18
The White House on Wednesday condemned two bomb blasts at bus stops in Jerusalem and said the US had offered to help Israel in its investigation of the attacks, in which one person was killed and around 18 others injuries.
"We condemn unequivocally the acts of terror overnight in Jerusalem. The United States has offered all appropriate assistance to the Government of Israel as it investigates the attack and works to being the perpetrators to justice," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
"We mourn the reported loss of life and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The United States stands with the Government and people of Israel."
Palestinian East Jerusalem has been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. Israel views the whole of the city as its "indivisible capital" while Palestinians want the eastern section as the capital for its future state.
At 7:05 am local time, a detonation device was set off near a bus in the Givat Sha'ul area, West Jerusalem, leaving several people injured.
Around 7:35 am, another blast occurred next to a bus stop at the Ramot intersection in Jerusalem.
Initial investigations indicated that explosive devices were placed at both blast sites and a search is underway for suspects, CNN reported.
The Islamic movement of Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the bombings but Gaza is on high alert with fears of new Israeli bombing.