February Saw Significant Rise in Terror Attacks

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- As CBN News reported earlier, terror attacks against Israelis rose significantly in February. The Shin Bet's (Israel Security Agency) monthly summary showed a total of 100 attacks in February, compared with 56 in January.

Some analysts said rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, looking for a diversion from their stalemated unity talks, were revving up the violence.

Total attacks from the Gaza Strip and the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria) and within Jerusalem's city limits, nearly doubled.

In Jerusalem, attacks -- mainly fire bombs -- rose from 14 in January to 27 in February. In Judea and Samaria, Arabs threw 67 fire bombs at Jewish residents, up from 27 in January.

And Gaza-based Palestinian Arabs launched 36 rockets on southern Israel, compared to nine attacks in January.

There were no fatalities, but one Israeli sustained shrapnel wounds from a rocket and a fire bomb injured a foreign journalist in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile rocket attacks continued during the first few days of March. And on Monday, IDF troops arrested two Arabs carrying large knives near the Jewish community of Elon Moreh in Samaria suspected of planning a stabbing attack.

In a separate incident, a 19-year-old Arab died after being injured by a teargas canister during clashes with troops at the Atara checkpoint near Ramallah. 

Click here for specifics posted on the Shin Bet website.

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