Human Rights Watch/Middle East unequivocally condemns the bombing earlier today in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda food market that, according to news reports, has taken the lives of at least fifteen persons, including two suicide bombers, and wounded more than 150 others.

"Placing a bomb in a marketplace full of shoppers violates the most basic humanitarian norms," said Eric Goldstein, acting executive director of Human Rights Watch/Middle East.

According to press reports, the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the blast. Human Rights Watch/Middle East has in the past condemned similar bombings inside Israel for which Hamas has claimed responsibility, and has written to, and met with, representatives of that organization to urge it to cease all attacks that target civilians.