A bomb struck an Israeli bus near Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv today (21st) wounding 10 people and complicating an effort said to be made to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

The attack came as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank in a bid to that is claimed to help piece together a deal to end Israel’s weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis. Clinton was due to travel later to Egypt, which is mediating in the crisis.

The bus exploded around noon on one of the coastal city’s busiest arteries, near the Tel Aviv museum, the district courthouse and across from an entrance to Israel’s national defense headquarters.

The bus was completely charred, its side windows blown out and glass scattered on the asphalt. The wounded were evacuated and blood was splattered on the sidewalk.

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