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Bomb explodes in Jerusalem

At least 30 injured and 1 dead in the first bombing in the city for seven years.

A bomb has exploded near Jerusalem central bus station in the first of its kind since 2004, during the second intifada.

At least thirty people are said to have been injured, with three in a serious condition and one dead. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast comes as tensions rise again in the region. A few weeks ago a Jewish settler family were stabbed to death, and yesterday around 8 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza strip.

The Israeli deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom claimed that the current situation is similar to the lead up to the Gaza war in 2008-9. Binyamin Netanyahu cancelled his planned trip to Moscow upon hearing the news.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.