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CNN BREAKING NEWS

Major Explosion Rocks West Jerusalem

Aired September 9, 2003 - 16:40   ET

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

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: We want to bring everybody up to date on that bombing, terrorist bombing, in Jerusalem. It happened just moments ago.
With us on the phone is CNN's Samson Desta. He's a producer.

Samson, you are at the site in west Jerusalem. Tell us what you are seeing.

SAMSON DESTA, CNN PRODUCER: Extremely loud noise here.

The police are pushing us away from the scene. There appears to have been an explosion at a cafe. This is cafe Hillel. It's at the German Colony in a Jewish neighborhood. I'm just arriving. And I have seen a number of people that have been pulled out of this cafe on a stretcher. I have seen one person that appears to be dead, a person that seems covered from head to toe now. And it appears that that person is dead.

But I have seen a number of injured people, a number of people with blood on their clothes. And, also, there are a number of people that are walking around dazed. They are crying. And some of them are screaming hysterically. And, again, this appears to have happened just some 15, 20 minutes ago. And I can tell you, there are a number of medical services here, a number of police here. And they're trying to clear the scene at this point, but it is a chaotic scene -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: Samson, the neighborhood is where there are small cafes. This is late at night, an area that Jerrold Kessel told us is frequented by young people.

DESTA: I'm sorry, Judy. I cannot hear you. It's extremely loud here. Can you please repeat that?

WOODRUFF: We're told that this is an area where many young people would come together late in the evening.

Understandably, we're having a little trouble with the audio there. We're talking with CNN producer Samson Desta on the site of this large explosion, terrorist bombing in Jerusalem, west Jerusalem. Again, at least two are dead, at least 40 wounded.

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