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'Strong possibility' Tel Aviv explosion is criminal act

Israeli police have said that an explosion has gone off in a car in Tel Aviv but that there is a "strong possibility" it is a criminal act.

Associated Press report that police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he believed the explosion near a bus was criminally motivated, though he could not definitively rule out that it was political violence.

Rescue services spokesman Zaki Heller says preliminary reports from the scene indicated seven to 10 people were wounded in the explosion.

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US condemns 'outrageous' Tel Aviv bomb attack

The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured, and with the people of Israel.

These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous.

The United States will stand with our Israeli allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.

The United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.

– White House Press Secreatry

Hague: 'Terrorists must not be allowed to set the agenda'

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said "the UK is deeply concerned at emerging reports of a bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv":

At this time our thoughts are with the individuals and families affected.

Details of what happened are still unclear but if this was a terrorist attack we condemn it unreservedly.

We are clear that terrorists must not be allowed to set the agenda.

This shocking violence further underlines the urgent need for an immediate de-escalation of violence and a full ceasefire.

We urge all those involved to do everything they can to give maximum support to Egyptian-led efforts to allow them to succeed.

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