Obama condemns Jerusalem bombing

The US underscores that Israel, like all nations, has right to self-defence.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 11:47 AM IST

San Salvador: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned a bombing in Jerusalem which left one dead, and also expressed his condolences to Palestinians a day after eight people were killed in Gaza.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing in Jerusalem today, as well as the rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in recent days," Obama said in a statement.

"Together with the American people, I offer my deepest condolences for those injured or killed. There is never any possible justification for terrorism."

At least one person was killed and more than 30 were wounded when a bomb ripped through a Jerusalem bus on Wednesday, just hours after militants vowed revenge for two deadly Israeli raids on Gaza.

"The United States calls on the groups responsible to end these attacks at once and we underscore that Israel, like all nations, has a right to self-defence," Obama said.

"We also express our deepest condolences for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza yesterday (Tuesday)."

Israeli raids on Tuesday killed eight Gazans, two of them minors, prompting threats of revenge by the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, to strike ever deeper inside Israel.

But Obama added: "We stress the importance of calm and urge all parties to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and civilian casualties."

Bureau Report