IDF Bolsters Troops in Judea and Samaria amid Growing Tensions

December 23, 2020

by: Yoav Zitun

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Troop presence in Judea and Samaria has been bolstered following a terror attack.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] said on Tuesday that it would be bolstering its troops on the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] in the wake of the murder of Esther Horgan, an Israeli woman that was found dead on Sunday outside the settlement [community] of Tal Menashe, in what is believed to be a terrorist attack.

She was laid to rest on Tuesday, and a manhunt was underway to find her assailants.

The IDF said in a statement that after reviewing the situation on the ground, additional troops will be deployed to the area in order to offer more protection to settlements and ensure safety on major roads in the West Bank.

The IDF said it was also suspending home leaves for some of its forces as of Tuesday and until Friday when the decision will be revisited.

Later on Sunday, a 17-year-old Palestinian opened fire at police positioned at one of the entrances to the Temple Mount. He was shot and killed. A preliminary investigation showed he had entered Israel illegally. An Arab citizen of Israel was arrested and his car was seized in connection to the attack.

Posted on December 23, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on December 22, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today.)

Source: Israel Defense Forces/

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