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Sunday, 2 December, 2001, 18:49 GMT
In pictures: Israel blasts
A wave of apparently coordinated attacks at the weekend has killed 26 Israelis, plunging the country into grief and shock.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in central Jerusalem on Saturday night. On Sunday a Jewish settler was shot dead in Gaza, and at lunchtime, a bus bombing killed 15 Israelis in the northern city of Haifa.

Many were injured in central Jerusalem
Israel's Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says the attacks are among the worst the country has ever seen

The Jerusalem blasts happened when the area was packed with people
The Palestinian Authority has declared a state of emergency to prevent further violence

Emergency services rushed to the scene
In response to the loss of life and injury, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut short a visit to the US

The horror continued as a third bomb went off
As rescue workers were treating survivors, there was a third explosion nearby

The many injured were taken to hospital
The back-to-back blasts were so powerful they were heard around the city
Wreckage of bus in Haifa
The blast in Haifa tore the bus apart

Investigators in wreckage of bus in Haifa
Combing the wreckage for clues and to identify the dead

Mourners at funeral of victims of Jerusalem blast
More blood, more tears

The father of one of those killed in Jerusalem at his son's funeral
A father waves a last goodbye to his dead son

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02 Dec 01 | Middle East
Death toll climbs in Jerusalem attacks
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