by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 4 October 2022 | Israeli security forces are engaged in a security battle for the Jewish state’s heartland, as Israel’s internal security organization reported recently that shooting attacks in the region were up nearly 50% last month.
In Judea and Samaria, the so-called West Bank, 34 shooting attacks were reported in September, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s security organization. That is a 47% increase from 23 shootings in August, as well as a 126% increase from July’s 15 shootings.
The 34 shooting attacks in September were only a fraction of the total 212 attacks that month, according to the Shin Bet data, as reported by the Jerusalem Post. That is a 23% increase from the 172 attacks in August, up from the 113 attacks in July and 147 in June.
Of the 212 September attacks, 139 were Molotov cocktails, while 53 were pipe bomb attacks and four were stabbings. Those are all up from the previous month, with 135 Molotov cocktails, 39 pipe bombs and one stabbing attack reported in August.
Amid the spike in attacks, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is carrying out Operation Break the Wave, which the Israeli military launched this summer to curb a wave of terror attacks from March to May that saw 19 people across Israel killed.
The IDF in response has been carrying out arrest operations in Judea and Samaria as part of the operation. Some 1,500 Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity have been arrested in the sweep, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The battle in the biblical heartland rages on, as Jewish people in Israel and around the world are preparing to enter into a commemoration of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is known as the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, this evening at sunset.
Posted on October 4, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 4, 2022)
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