While there were fewer fatalities and injuries from terror attacks in 2013 B’chasdei Hashem, there was an increase in the number of attacks.
According to the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) report, there were 1,271 attacks in 2013 as compared to 578 in 2012. As a result of ceasefire agreements following Operation Pillar of Defense, there was a decline in the number of Gaza-based attacks with 63 rockets and 11 mortar shells in 2013 as compared to 2,327 rockets and 230 mortar shells in 2012. The latter includes 1,731 rockets during Operation Pillar of Defense.
Six Israelis were killed in attacks, half members of security agencies. That number stood at 10 in 2012, of which six were during Operation Pillar of Defense. 2,500 terror suspects were taken into custody, most from Yehuda and Shomron, 1,800 indictments were filed for involvement in terror attacks and 800 for disorderly conduct. 190 “substantial” terror attacks were prevented as compared to 112 in 2012.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)