Canadian Teenager Dies in Jerusalem Bombing

A young Canadian-Israeli lost his life in the Jerusalem bombing that took place on Wednesday. There was only one casualty from the bombing which is said to be an attack by Palestinian militants, according to Israeli police. There were 14 others injured at the time of the incident.

Two explosions at bus stops were recorded just outside Jerusalem on Wednesday. There was one casualty, and 14 others were injured. The deceased was identified as Aryeh Shechopek, a 16-year-old Canadian who was on his way to a Jewish seminary. Lisa Stadelbauer, the Canadian ambassador to Israel, said on Twitter, “Heartbroken to confirm that a young Canadian lost his life in this morning’s reprehensible terror attack in Jerusalem. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to others wounded in this attack. Canada continues to condemn all forms of terror.”

After the first explosion, 12 people were rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center while after the second, three people were taken for medical attention. The medical center shared that the person who died at the facility was a teenager.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also acknowledged the incident and shared condolences with the victim’s family. “Incredibly saddened to learn about the death of a young Canadian in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. I’m sending his family and friends my deepest condolences. I’m also thinking of those who were injured. Canada condemns this violence in the strongest possible terms.”

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The first explosion was from a device planted at a bus station near a city exit. The second explosion took place 30 minutes later at a bus stop East of the city near an urban settlement. Police spokesperson Eli Levi said there has not been such a coordinated attack in Jerusalem for many years.

Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party is negotiating to form a new right-wing government that includes members of religious and far-right parties. It is unclear if this was the reason behind the bombings.

Vineet Washington

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