Arabs living in Lebanese refugee camps celebrated Wednesday after a bomb ripped through a bus in Tel Aviv, injuring over twenty people.
In Nahr al-Bared camp in north Lebanon muezzins sang out words of praise to G-d via their megaphones, while fireworks lit the sky and terrorists handed out sweets, AFP reported.
In Ain al-Hilweh near the southern city of Sidon, fighters shot live rounds into the air and chanted religious texts.
The blast took place following the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, during which Clinton pledged to attempt to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas terrorists "in the days ahead.”
"They discussed efforts to de-escalate the situation and bring about a sustainable outcome that protects Israel's security and improves the lives of civilians in Gaza," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a written statement after the meeting. "They also consulted on [Clinton's] impending stops in Ramallah and Cairo, including Egyptian efforts to advance de-escalation. They pledged to stay in close touch as she continues her travels."
Hamas hailed the explosion, saying it “blessed the attack” and handed out celebratory sweet cakes in Gaza's main hospital.
"You opened the gates of hell on yourselves," Hamas's armed wing, the al-Qassam brigades wrote in a message posted on Twitter. "Oh Zionists, you have to drag yourselves out of hell, go back home now, go back to Germany, Poland, Russia, America and anywhere else."