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JERUSALEM - A bomb has ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv wounding at least 19 people, three of them seriously.

The blast came amid a weeklong Israeli offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians.

Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis.

The bus bombing comes as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Jerusalem for another round of meetings with Israeli leaders.

She's trying to help negotiate an end to fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Clinton earlier today met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Clinton will meet with Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday to piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis.

Clinton said the U.S. "strongly condemns" the bus bombing, calling it a "terrorist attack."

The cease-fire efforts come with thousands of Israeli troops massed on the Gaza border, awaiting a possible order to invade. Clinton met with the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president before heading to Cairo.

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