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Bus Explosion Hits Israel

Aired August 19, 2003 - 14:25   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Definitely, a reality check there, talking about how the lives of all foreigners, as Joshua was saying, still a threat, a massive threat that remain there in Baghdad.
The flag -- well, actually another story that we are following in addition to the developing story out of Baghdad and that is we're now getting word of a bus explosion in Jerusalem. Rescue services are reporting that there are multiple injuries in Jerusalem after this bus explosion.

We don't have many details now. We are working it -- actually I am told that Jerrold Kessel is now on the phone with us via Jerusalem. Why don't you fill us in?

JERROLD KESSEL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What we know is literally ten minutes ago, at the most, a loud explosion in Jerusalem, northeastern part of Jerusalem aboard a bus. It seems a long bus, those double decker buses, and there have been a lot of casualties according to the Israeli police.

That's all we know to state. The Israeli police are confirming that there was a loud explosion, their presumption an act of terror on a city bus.

This is an area of struggling the scene between east and west Jerusalem in the Jewish neighborhood and we're on our way to the scene now to see what we can discover further.

But we do know that there were a lot of casualties and the explosion took place in one of these double buses.

Back to you in Atlanta.

PHILLIPS: All right. Jerrold Kessel, on his way to the scene there. We'll continue to follow that story. A bus explosion in Jerusalem. Multiple injuries. A bus explosion and we'll bring Jerrold to you live as soon as he has more information.

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