Shin Bet Report: Fewer terror attacks, more fatalities
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Shin Bet Report: Fewer terror attacks, more fatalities

103 violent acts by Palestinians documented in June, including shooting in Tel Aviv and murder of 13-year-old girl near Hebron

Israeli soldiers stand guard in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron on June 30, 2016, after a terror attack that left 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel dead. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers stand guard in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron on June 30, 2016, after a terror attack that left 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel dead. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Terrorist attacks on Israelis last month remained relatively low in volume but resulted in the highest number of fatalities since January.

Five people died as victims of such terrorist attacks in June, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, wrote in its monthly report, published earlier this week. In total, 103 such attacks were documented, compared to 101 in May — the lowest figure on record since March 2015.

The fatalities were the result of two attacks – a shooting in Tel Aviv’s Sarona compound, in which four Israelis were killed, and the murder of a 13-year-old girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, in her home near Hebron.

The attacks last month resulted in 21 injuries to victims, including one serious injury.

The report for June also listed an attack attributed to Jewish terrorists, in which two cars were set on fire near the predominantly-Arab city of Nazareth in the Galilee and three others were spray-painted with hate speech, including: “We will murder you.”

Hallel Yaffa Ariel (left) and Rina Ariel. Hallel, 13, was murdered in her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016 (courtesy Adam Propp)
Hallel Yaffa Ariel (left) and Rina Ariel. Hallel, 13, was murdered in her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016 (courtesy Adam Propp)

Attacks along Israel’s fence with Gaza saw a sharp decline from 16 in May to a single attack last month. Of 103 the attacks documented in June, 86 involved firebombs, 10 featured an explosive charge and two were shooting attacks.

In Israel and the West Bank, attacks began increasing in August, when 171 of them were documented, and rose sharply in September and October, with 223 and 620 attacks recorded in those months respectively. But the overall number of attacks decreased to 326 in November, 246 in December, 169 in January, 155 in February and 123 in March.

Israeli security forces at the scene where two terrorists opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene where two terrorists opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
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