Significant rise in terror attacks in October

The last month saw 116 attacks, most of them falling in the latest escalation of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza

Date: 04/11/2012, 6:02 PM     Author: Israel Security Agency

Last month saw a significant rise in terror activity, according to a report published by the Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service) on Thursday (November 12). October witnessed 166 terror attacks, as compared to 91 in September, the report stated.

The majority of the attacks took place during the escalation in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in late October, which saw 116 rockets fired in 72 separate attacks and 55 mortars fired in 20 separate attacks. In addition, the escalation in attacks from Gaza included two attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one attack involving light weapons fire, and one attack involving an anti-aircraft missile.

Altogether, 96 attacks were launched from Gaza at Israel in October. Another 39 attacks took place in Judea and Samaria, while 31 attacks were carried out in Jerusalem.

The vast majority of the attacks in both Jerusalem and the Judea and Samaria region – 68 of the 70 incidents – used firebombs.

October’s attacks caused five casualties. One civilian was injured by a firebombing attack in Samaria on October 21, and company commander Cpt. Ziv Shilon of the Givati Brigade was injured by an IED along the Gaza border fence on October 23. On October 24, three foreign workers were injured as a result of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.