Terror attacks in West Bank doubled in 2013

A report released by the Israeli security agency Shin Bet shows that terror attacks in the West Bank more than doubled in 2013 from the previous year.

According to the report, there were 1,271 terror attacks in 2013, compared with 578 in 2012. Most were defined as “hot weapon” attacks, including shootings, firebombs and grenade attacks.

But the report also said there were fewer Israelis killed in terror attacks in 2013. During 2012, 10 Israelis were killed, a number that fell to six in 2013, with five of those deaths in the West Bank.

The report noted that terror attacks have dropped significantly from Gaza since Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli army’s response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks in November 2012. There were 1,130 terror attacks from Gaza — including 1,085 rocket attacks — in 2012, and in 2013 there were only 55.

The Shin Bet said it thwarted 190 terror attacks in 2013, 40 of which were attempted by terrorists freed under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal. — jns.org