IDF says will boost West Bank forces with another battalion

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says it is bolstering forces in the West Bank with an additional battalion.

The Home Front Command’s 894th Search and Rescue Battalion, also trained for light infantry operations, will join another three additional battalions that have been deployed over the past day.

The bolstering of forces comes following yesterday’s deadly shooting attack in Huwara and subsequent rioting by settlers in the area.

Typically, the IDF’s West Bank division has 13 battalions. Over the past year, that number has fluctuated amid an anti-terror offensive following a series of deadly Palestinian terror attacks, reaching a height of 26 battalions in October, before dropping back down by several battalions.

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