IDF deploys three additional battalions to West Bank amid heightened tensions
Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.
The Israel Defense Forces says it is deploying three additional battalions to the West Bank amid heightened tensions following two shooting attacks in Jerusalem.
The military says the decision was made following an assessment top officers held.
The battalions being deployed are the 101st Paratroopers Battalion, the Paratroopers Reconnaissance Battalion, and the 17th battalion from the School for Infantry Corps Professions and Squad Commanders.
The 101st and reconnaissance battalion were deployed earlier today and yesterday.
Tensions have increased dramatically since Thursday morning, when an IDF raid in the West Bank city of Jenin against a terrorist cell left nine Palestinians dead — most of them gunmen and members of the cell, though at least one civilian was also killed.