March 23, 2011 / 4:54 PM / 9 years ago

Obama condemns bombing in Jerusalem, urges calm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama condemned a bombing in Jerusalem on Wednesday that killed one person and injured at least 30 others, as well as rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in recent days.

“There is never any possible justification for terrorism. The United States calls on the groups responsible to end these attacks at once and we underscore that Israel, like all nations, has a right to self-defence,” Obama said in a written statement.

He also expressed condolences for the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza on Tuesday and urged all sides to do everything they can to prevent violence civilian casualties.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Steve Holland

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