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A sherut, or shared taxi. Photo by Nir Keidar
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U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv Photo by Ariel Schalit

The U.S. Embassy on Tuesday issued an emergency message prohibiting its employees and their families from using the mini-bus taxis, in addition to the longstanding prohibition on the use of public transportation and their associated terminals and bus stops in Israel.

The temporary prohibition – which will be in effect for the next two weeks, follows Sunday's bombing on a public bus in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv.

The bomb exploded on bus No. 240 shortly after all passengers had disembarked, thanks to a passenger who had alerted the driver of a suspicious bag. No one was wounded in the blast.

It is not yet clear who planted the bomb, though police and Shin Bet believe that it was a Palestinian terrorist attack, and are treating it as such. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The U.S. Embassy is encouraging citizens "to exercise caution and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security. U.S. citizens should pay close attention to their surroundings and news reports, and follow the civil defense guidance provided by the Home Front Command," the emergency message read."

Following the bus bombing, the NYPD began conducting random inspections on buses, CBS New York reported Sunday. According to the report, the inspections were being conducted "out of an abundance of caution."