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IDF reveals recent significant increase of violent incidents across West Bank

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    IDF reveals recent significant increase of violent incidents across West Bank
    By Anna Ahronheim, Herb Keinon
    10 January 2017 22:11
    Netanyahu: We are in the midst of "dramatic diplomatic changes"
    Palestinians hold a sign depicting a swastika during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2010.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Figures by the IDF show a significant increase in the number of violent incidents in the West Bank in the past few months, indicating Israel may be in the midst of a worrisome trend. At a briefing held at the IDF’s Judea and Samaria headquarters in Beit El on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged that Israel is on the cusp of witnessing serious regional developments. “We know that we are standing before dramatic diplomatic changes, some of which are very good for Israel, but – unfortunately – we have not yet stabilized the situation,” he said. “But from what I saw today, the IDF and security force efforts are significant. They have had a number of significant breakthroughs – in technology, intelligence and other areas – that are leading in the right direction.”

    According to figures obtained by The Jerusalem Post, there has been a surge in the number of attacks in the past few months, primarily rock-throwing incidents, with 346 stone-throwing attacks recorded in September, 375 in October, 420 in November and 344 in December. In the first 10 days of January, there have been 169 stone-throwing attacks recorded, which at that rate would make over 500 stone-throwing attacks by the end of the month.

    According to the army, there were 56 Molotov cocktails thrown at IDF soldiers or civilians in September, 67 in October, 72 in November, 56 in December and 26 in the first 10 days of 2017. There have also been nine shooting attacks between the months of September and November, with another six recorded in December. Nine stabbing attacks were recorded in September, with another five between October and November, and five in December alone.

  2. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    It's time Israel took the gloves off and rolled the sleeves up.

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