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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 22:38 GMT 23:38 UK
'Everything went black'

Paramedics tend to a victim of the Jerusalem bus bomb
Witnesses said passengers were blown out of the bus
Body parts littered a Jerusalem street after a suicide bomber blew up a bus on Tuesday, killing up to 20 people, witnesses said.

Reuters correspondent Barry Moody, who was near the bus when it exploded, said he saw "three dismembered bodies, including a severed arm, a severed lower torso and a woman with her chest blown out".

"There's actually a piece of human flesh, I believe, 20 metres (65 feet) from one of the two buses."

The bus was packed with Orthodox Jews returning from evening prayers when the bomber struck.

"I had just come home from praying at the Western Wall and was heading home," said 18-year-old Zvi Weiss, who was on board the bus but escaped unharmed.

"The bomb went off at the back of the bus. Everything went black. I climbed out of the broken window and started running. All around me there were people covered in blood, screaming, some with limbs missing," he said.

Pinchas Kraner, who was attending a barmitzvah celebration nearby, said children came running into the building in panic after the blast.

"They told us they saw bodies flying. I ran outside and was gripped by the smell of charred flesh," he said.

Zelig Feiner, an official of the ultra-Orthodox rescue service Zaka, said there were "small babies bleeding on the ground".

"One of our workers was leaning over an infant, no more than 15 months old, giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation," he told Reuters. "It was hopeless."

The BBC's Chris Morris reports from Jerusalem
"Militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility"

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