NEAR THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (CNN) -- Militants appeared to take their fight with Israel into the heart of the country Wednesday, exploding a bomb on a public transport bus outside Israeli military headquarters in an attack likely to complicate already tenuous efforts to achieve a cease-fire.
The blast in Tel Aviv, which left at least 22 people injured, shook up the public and drew immediate condemnation from world leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called the attack "shocking" in a statement released by his office. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States "stands ready to provide any assistance that Israel requires."
Hamas praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility.
"We told you #IDF that our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are," the al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said on Twitter. "You opened the Gates of Hell on Yourselves."
Meanwhile, overnight and into Wednesday, Israeli bombs and artillery turned buildings, tunnels and bridges in Gaza into rubble in 100 strikes confirmed by Israeli authorities. Hamas struck back with at least 62 rockets aimed at southern Israel, according to the Israeli military.
The violence left hopes of a cease-fire in tatters, just hours after a halt in the violence seemed tantalizingly close. Furious diplomatic efforts to revive the talks were under way Wednesday. Their prospects were unclear.
Analyst Stuart Holliday, president and CEO of Meridian International Center, said it is too early to say whether the bus bombing will fully derail diplomatic efforts.
But, he said, "You can bet Israel will step up and respond accordingly."
The bus attack happened Wednesday in a typically quiet neighborhood of Tel Aviv.
Two people, speaking live on Israeli radio, said they saw a man throw a bag into the bus and then run away after the explosion.
Terrorists planted at least two bombs on the bus and fled, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Only one of the bombs exploded, blowing out the windows of the bus but leaving the vehicle otherwise intact, he said.
Images on Israeli TV showed white smoke rising from the bus as police and witnesses milled outside. Police cordoned off the street. At least one passenger was taken out on a stretcher.
Rosenfeld said three of the victims were seriously wounded. Aviva Shemer with Ichilov Hospital said 22 people went to the hospital after the explosion, including some pedestrians.
One victim was in serious condition with shoulder injuries, while two others suffered moderate injuries from glass fragments. Some of those being treated suffered panic attacks, Shemer said.
Rosenfeld said he did not have information about arrests, but Israel's Channel 10 reported that one suspect had been apprehended.
Israeli authorities have stepped up security nationwide, with additional police on the streets and more plainclothes police officers patrolling public areas, Rosenfeld said.
Tel Aviv resident Audrey Shemesh, who lives in an apartment building overlook the scene of the explosion, said the attack had shaken her confidence in peace.
"They want us dead, and this is really sad," Shemesh said of militants battling Israel, "For now I don't see any solution. They don't want to stop this. They just want to go on and on and on. It's really sad because I believe in peace."
Hamas put its own spin on the attack in a banner on al-Aqsa.
"Hamas blesses the suicide bombing and assures that it is a natural response to the massacre of the al-Dalou family and targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians."
There was no immediate response from Israeli leaders and it was not immediately apparent whether the attack could prompt Israel to step up its offensive or unleash the thousands of ground troops it has massed at the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground offensive.
Tuesday night, it seemed a cease-fire, or at least a temporary calming of the violence, was imminent.
A senior Hamas official had told CNN that a "calming down" was to take place, and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, who has tried to broker a peace deal, said Tuesday that the "travesty of the Israel aggression on Gaza will end in a few hours."
After a few hours, Morsy's office told CNN not to expect any announcement.
On Wednesday, Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy leader of Hamas in Cairo, blamed Israel.
"The Israelis did not respond last night at our revised conditions relayed to them through the Egyptian intelligence," he said. "Talk of a temporary cease-fire or 'calming down' was brought to the table, yet they escalated their air strikes late last night as we were trying to reach any sort of cease-fire."
The Israel Defense Forces said it had targeted "dozens of terror infrastructure sites," overnight, including the Ministry of Internal Security, which it saw as a "main command and control center."
Forces also took aim at a police compound, a "military hideout," and other targets it linked to what it called