Shin Bet: There have been 147 ‘significant’ terror attacks so far this year

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

Israeli forensic workers at the scene of a shooting attack near the West Bank Settlement of Eli on June 20, 2023. (Flash90)
Israeli forensic workers at the scene of a shooting attack near the West Bank Settlement of Eli on June 20, 2023. (Flash90)

The Shin Bet security agency has recorded 147 “significant” terror attacks in Israel and the West Bank this year, a spokesperson tells The Times of Israel.

According to the Shin Bet data, 120 of the attacks were shootings, while the rest were bombings or car-ramming attacks.

Since the beginning of the year, Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank have killed 24 people, including 17-year-old Nachman Mordoff, 17-year-old Elisha Anteman, 21-year-old Harel Masood and 64-year-old Ofer Fayerman, killed yesterday near the settlement of Eli. Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip also killed two people in Israel in May.

Dozens of people have also been wounded in the attacks, some of them seriously.

The agency says security forces have foiled 375 significant attacks so far this year, including some 300 planned shootings.

“Significant attacks” is a term that encompasses shootings, bombings, vehicle rammings, and kidnappings.

Last year, Israeli security officials recorded nearly 300 shooting attacks, the vast majority in the West Bank, and said the military and Shin Bet foiled around 500 planned significant attacks.

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