Six Americans were injured in the deadly Jerusalem bus bombing Wednesday, a State Department official tells Fox News.
A British tourist was killed when a bomb went off on a bus during evening rush hour in Jerusalem.
Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to militant rocket and mortar attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
Militants operating near the Israeli border sent at least nine rockets and mortars — including two rockets that reached the city of Ashdod — flying at Israeli communities throughout the day, drawing an Israeli airstrike in retaliation. No injuries were reported on either side.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the rocket attacks “repugnant” and defended the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip as legitimate self-defense.
Israeli security officials have said little about the investigations into Wednesday’s bus stop bombing and the knife killings of five members of a family in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank two weeks ago.
Officials identified the victim of the Jerusalem bombing Thursday as Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year-old British tourist who had been taking courses at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there were gag orders preventing discussion of either investigation. He said only that Jerusalem police remained on a heightened state of alert.