US condemns 'deplorable' bombing of Bat Yam bus

December 23, 2013 01:52

WASHINGTON -- The United States condemned the bombing of a Bat Yam bus on Sunday, calling the terrorist plot "deplorable."

"We strongly condemn the bombing of a bus near Tel Aviv today," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Sunday night. "Our thoughts are with those affected and with the Israeli people at this time."

The bus was occupied by twelve people when a passenger identified a suspicious package. It contained a pressure cooker, which exploded moments after the bus driver evacuated the vehicle.

"Violent acts targeting civilians are deplorable," Psaki added. "We reaffirm our unshakable bond with Israel and our solidarity with the Israeli people."

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