Shin Bet Terror Report for April 2012

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Following March’s escalation in southern Israel, April showed a significant decrease in the number of attacks: 70 attacks as opposed to 229 in March 2012. The decrease is most prominent in Gaza: 9 attacks as opposed to 157 in March and 31 in February. Further decrease took place in other areas:

The Judea and Samaria – 36 attacks as opposed to 43 in March;

Jerusalem – 24 attacks as opposed to 29 in March.

Despite that, on the eve of Pesach two rockets were launched from Sinai to Eilat (April 5).

Three Israeli citizens were injured this month in stabbing attacks. Two attacks took place in Jerusalem (April 2 and 19); and another attack occurred in Kfar Saba (April 24).

Data regarding terror attacks in April 2012

Following is a regional distribution of attacks:   9 attacks in Gaza (157 in March);

36 attacks in the Judea and Samaria (43 in March);

24 attacks in Jerusalem (29 in March);

1 attack within the “Green Line”(Kfar Saba).

Jerusalem and the Judea and Samaria area:

Most attacks executed in April (54 out of 60) were in the form of firebombs (March: 70 out of 72).

Distribution of attacks according to regions and pattern profile:

Following is a distribution of attacks in April 2012 according to regions:

Gaza – 9 attacks: 8 rocket launchings; 1 small arm shooting.

Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – 60 attacks: 2 explosive devices; 2 small arm shootings; 2 stabbing (in Jerusalem); 54 firebombs (22 in Jerusalem).

Green Line – 1 stabbing attack (in Kfar Saba).

High-trajectory launchings from the Gaza Strip Throughout April 2012, 10 rockets were launched towards Israel, 2 of them from Sinai to Eilat (in 9 attacks), compared to 173 rockets and 19 mortar shells in March (in 156 attacks).

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)