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Eyewitness: 'I saw horrible things'

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Two bombings rock central Tel Aviv, Israel, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 100 others. (January 5)
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TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- An apparent double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv left 23 people dead and more than 100 injured Sunday.

The Tel Aviv explosions occurred about 6:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET) near a closed bus station in central Tel Aviv, witness Eudi Friedman said.

The neighborhood is home to a large number of immigrant workers and was the scene of another suicide attack in July that left five people dead.

"I heard the explosion, I felt the shock wave. I realized there would be many casualties," eyewitness Alon Oz told Israel Army Radio, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

"We looked for people who were breathing. I called over to them. I counted quite a few seriously wounded. People were lying there," he said.

Yitzhak Teva, a barber who was slightly injured, told Ha'aretz he was cutting hair when the blast went off.

"Half the wall fell on me and I was covered in broken glass," Teva said. "I shut the shop and then there was the next explosion."

A bystander who only gave his first name, Tomer, told Israel's Channel Two that he ran to help the wounded, Ha'aretz reported.

"I saw a man without a leg. I saw horrible things, people without legs, without arms. I saw fingers," he said.

Israeli officials said some of the wounded may not have gone to hospitals out of fear they did not have the proper papers to remain in Israel.

Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau said anyone injured, regardless of their legal status, should seek medical care.

"We have made it clear that we will take good care of anyone who will be taken to the hospital," Landau said. "We're going to see afterwards that they will be fully taken care of."

The attack was the deadliest since March 2002, when the bombing of a hotel dining room during a Passover seder killed 29 Israelis and wounded 140.

Israeli police spokesman Gil Kleiman said the explosions went off about 150 meters (165 yards) apart and were timed "very close." Police said 103 wounded people were taken from the scene.

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