Number of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem drops to 3-year low
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Number of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem drops to 3-year low

Shin Bet records ‘only’ 6 incidents in capital during June despite Ramadan holiday, which usually sees a spike in violence

Illustrative: Security personnel at the scene where a security guard was attacked and seriously injured in a terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 18, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Security personnel at the scene where a security guard was attacked and seriously injured in a terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 18, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli security services documented only six terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in June — the lowest figure on record for any given month in at least three years.

The tally constitutes a sharp drop in attacks in Jerusalem from May, when security forces documented 34 such incidents in the capital. The decrease was part of an overall drop of 40 percent in the number of terrorist attacks nationwide documented in June, when 220 such incidents were registered, the Shin Bet said in its monthly report published this week.

The nationwide figure for May was 365, the highest number in over two years of terrorist attacks on Israelis.

The first half of June was Ramadan, a Muslim month-long holiday when observant worshipers fast from sunrise to sundown. Ramadan usually features a spike, not a decrease in terrorist activity. Israeli security services massively increased their presence in Jerusalem in June to prevent disturbances.

Five people were wounded in the terrorist attacks in May, one of them moderately and the rest lightly.

Palestinians pass through a checkpoint in Bethlehem as they head to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City to attend the second Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan on May 25, 2018. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

May also saw heavy clashes on the Gaza border, as part of the Hamas-led “March of Return” protests that began on May 30. The largest such riots were on May 14, the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem in a move denounced by the Palestinians.

Since the weekly clashes broke out along the Gaza border, 135 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, dozens of them acknowledged members of terror groups.

Israel says it is defending its border and nearby communities and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the fence and carry out attacks. The army says it has fired on those who have attacked and endangered troops, sabotaged the border fence and tried to breach the border.

Additionally, Palestinians have burned hundreds of acres of land near the Gaza border by sending over kites and balloons carrying incendiary devices.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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