Twin blasts shake Jerusalem, killing 1

Two blasts have gone off near bus stops in Jerusalem, killing one person and injuring at least 14, in what police say are suspected attacks by Palestinians.

The first explosion on Wednesday occurred near a bus stop on the edge of the city, where commuters usually crowd waiting for buses.

The second went off in Ramot, a settlement in the city's north. Police said one person died from their wounds and Israel's rescue service Magen David Adom said four people were seriously wounded in the blasts.

The apparent attacks came as Israeli-Palestinian tensions are high, following months of Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank prompted by a spate of deadly attacks against Israelis that killed 19 people.

There has been an uptick in recent weeks in Palestinian attacks.

The violence also comes as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding coalition talks after national elections and is likely to form what's expected to be Israel's most right-wing government ever.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, an extremist MP who has called for the death penalty for Palestinian attackers and who is set to become the minister in charge of police under Netanyahu, said the attack meant Israel needed to take a tougher stance on Palestinian attackers.

"We must exact a price from terror," he said at the scene of the first explosion.

Police, who were searching for the suspected attackers, said their initial findings showed that explosive devices were placed at the two sites.

The twin blasts occurred amid the buzz of rush hour traffic and police closed part of a main highway leading out of the city, where the fist explosion went off. Video from shortly after the first blast showed debris strewn along the sidewalk as the wail of ambulances blared.

A bus in Ramot was pocked with what looked like shrapnel marks.

While Palestinians have carried out stabbings, car rammings and shootings in recent years, bombing attacks have become very rare since the end of a Palestinian uprising nearly two decades ago.

The Islamic militant Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and once carried out suicide bombings against Israelis, praised the perpetrators of the attacks, calling it a heroic operation, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.

Israel said that in response to the blasts, it was closing two West Bank crossings to Palestinians near the West Bank city of Jenin, a militant stronghold.

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 seven more Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks in recent weeks.