People were travelling to work when two busy neighbourhoods on the outside of the city experienced explosions.
Aryeh Schupak, a Jewish seminary student from Canada and Israel, was the deceased adolescent.
The incident, according to Israel’s Prime Pinister, was “different from what we have seen in recent years.”
With Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israelis, as well as Israeli military incursions that resulted in the deaths of Palestinian militants and civilians in the occupied West Bank, the situation feels unstable.
A group has not yet claimed responsibility for the explosions. However, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two violent Palestinian organisations, praised those who carried out the “operation.”
Just after 07:00 (05:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the first blast occurred near Givat Shaul, near to the major entry to Jerusalem.
Israeli doctors said that 12 persons were injured in the explosion, including the teenage kid who eventually passed away at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
A second blast occurred in Ramot Junction, another city entry, about 30 minutes later. Three people suffered minor injuries as a result.
Debris covered the pavement where the first explosion occurred. The area was cordoned off by masked Israeli security personnel, and bits of a severely broken bicycle were placed in forensics bags.
One resident of the adjacent Jewish ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood told media that he was awakened by the shaking of his building. It seems that many of the people waiting for buses were locals.
A minor demonstration was also going on, with young Israeli males holding a sign that demanded “revenge.”
The bombs, which were hidden in a bush and behind a wall at the bus stops, were built with “excellent quality” explosives, according to Deputy Commissioner Sigal Bar Zvi, head of the Israeli police’s operations division.
Investigators believe an organised group was behind the strikes given their nature, she continued.
Both of the devices included nails and were probably set off remotely, according to security sources quoted by Israeli media.
The outgoing Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, stated Aryeh Schupak “was a boy who never offended anyone in the world, and he was murdered just because he was Jewish” after meeting with Israel’s security chiefs.
He further promised “find these heinous terrorists, those behind them and those who provided them with weapons”.
“I want to say to the citizens of Israel: We will find them. They can run, they can hide – it won’t help them; the security forces will reach them. If they resist, they will be eliminated.”
As negotiations to build a new coalition government with allied far-right and religious groups continue, attacks are taking place, according to Benjamin Netanyahu, the newly elected Prime Minister. They secured a majority in the legislature in a security-focused election.
As he addressed attack survivors in the hospital, Mr. Netanyahu cautioned, “We still have a fight with cruel terror, which raise its head again. “We will do anything to bring back the security for the citizens of all Israel as soon as possible.”
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the ultra-nationalist head of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, who would lead the police force as Mr. Netanyahu’s interior minister, visited the scene of the first blast and remarked that Israel needed to take measures to prevent Palestinian attacks.
“Even if it’s in the West Bank, lay siege to them and go from house to house in search of guns and restore our deterrence power,” he emphasized.
In a tweet, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, expressed his “incredibly saddened to learn about the death of a young Canadian in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem”, which he disapproved “in the strongest possible terms”.
Naomi Pilichowski, an Israeli-American teenager, was among those hurt in what the US ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, described as a “heinous terrorist act,” according to a tweet he sent. She received a minor cut, according to her father, Rabbi Uri Pilichowski, an author and educator.
At least 25 Israelis have been killed in a wave of violent attacks by Palestinians this year.
Israel has been conducting military search and arrest raids in the occupied West Bank almost every night. Over 130 Palestinians have died, including militant gunmen and bystanders.
Palestinian health officials reported that on Tuesday night, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy named Ahmad Amjad Shehada was shot and killed during skirmishes with Israeli police in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
In an operation “to secure the entrance of Israeli people to Joseph’s Tomb,” the Israeli military said that its soldiers fired at “armed suspects.” Jews respect the tomb because they think Joseph from the Bible is interred there.
Palestinian militants abducted the body of a 17-year-old Israeli Druze boy who was killed in a car accident close to Jenin on Tuesday, according to the victim’s relatives, in a separate incident in the neighbouring city of Jenin.
A group of guys “fired their rifles in the air and roared in Arabic,” according to Tiran Fero’s uncle, who then “disconnected him from the life support devices and pushed him into a car” while he was with them at Jenin’s Ibn Sina Hospital.
“If Tiran’s body is not returned, the kidnappers will pay a heavy price,”Mr. Lapid threatened on Wednesday.