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Dozens of casualties in Jerusalem explosion: police

REUTERS

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer)

JERUSALEM | Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:46am EDT

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An explosion on or near a bus in Jerusalem on Wednesday caused dozens of casualties, police said.

Scores of ambulances converged on the area, near the central bus station and a city conference hall in a Jewish neighborhood of downtown Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem Explosion Reported: Blast Near Bus In Israel

03/23/11 09:37 AM   AP via: HuffPost

JERUSALEM — A bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop Wednesday in central Jerusalem, wounding at least 25 people in what appeared to be the first militant attack in the city in several years.

The blast could be heard throughout Jerusalem and blew out the windows of two crowded buses.

Rescuers were seen removing bloodied people from the area on stretchers.

Israel’s national rescue service said 25 people were wounded, including 15 seriously. No deaths were reported.

Meir Hagid, one of the bus drivers, said he heard a loud explosion as he drove by the site, located near the main entrance to Jerusalem and its central bus station.

“I heard the explosion in the bus stop,” he said. He halted his vehicle and people got off. He said nobody in his bus was hurt.

Jerusalem suffered dozens of suicide bombings that targeted buses and restaurants during the second Palestinian uprising last decade. But the attacks have halted in recent years. Jerusalem last experienced a suicide bombing in 2004.

The bombing came amid rising tensions between Israel and the Hamas militant group, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks in recent years.

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Lawrence O’Donnell: “On A Daily Basis, Glenn Beck Says To His Audience, ‘I Don’t Know If It’s The End Of The World’ “

Via:  Media Matters
March 22, 2011 11:39 pm ET

From the March 22 edition of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell:

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Details Of Pilot Rescue In F-15 Crash In Libya Released

USNavySeals.com

Posted March 23rd, 2011 by USNavySeals

In a previous post, we shared that an Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jet went down over Libya late Monday. The good news, however, is that the crew of the jet were able to eject before the crash. A feature on the Navy Times shared details the operation to recover the crew of the downed jet.

The Times reported that the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, was called to perform a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel (TRAP) mission about 12:55 a.m. local time. The call came out a little more than an hour after the crew of the F-15 – the pilot and a backseat weapons officer – ejected from the aircraft, at around 11:30 p.m.

The operation involved dozens of Marines, seven Marine aircraft, and two dropped bombs, according to information shared by a senior Marine officer. The Times shared further that it was the first high-profile TRAP mission for the U.S. military since the rescue of Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady in Bosnia in 1995, by the 24th MEU.

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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Speaks in Solidarity with the Arab Spring, Equates Gaddafi with Israel

opednews.com By Mac McKinney

March 21, 2011 at 23:09:24

Hezbollah General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave a powerful speech on the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and other countries on March 19th, picked up by Press TV. Nasrallah had plenty of criticism for the United States, of course (what else is new), but reserved plenty for all the tyrannies in the Middle East, welcoming their downfall. He reserved much of his scorn for Gaddafi, equating Gaddafi’s attack on his own people with the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza in late 2008-early 2009.

The above Press TV video was also posted at Information Clearing House, of which an excerpt of the accompanying text appears below:

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a televised speech on revolutions and unrest in multiple Arab countries:

-Our gathering today is to voice our support for our Arab people and their revolutions and sacrifices, especially in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.

-The value of this solidarity is moral, political, and ethical, and its effects are also moral. The origin of what is going on — which could decide the fate of an uprising here, a confrontation there, or a resistance there — the origin is the steadfastness of peoples, linked to their faith and high spirituality.

-You remember that during the July [2006] war, every word and statement in any state and anywhere in the world had its impact on the resistance, the people and the displaced.

-The same is the case with the Arab revolts. We tell them that we support them, that we stand by your side and we are ready to help you toward your interest and ours, with your and our capabilities.

-We have to stress that these revolutions are the will of the people themselves. Any accusation that the US manufactured and launched these revolutions is unjust speech toward these peoples, especially that we are talking about regimes which are allied with the USA, serve the American project and pose no threat to Israel.

(FULL TEXT CONTINUED HERE)

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