Unrest Prompts Israeli Army to Augments Troops in West Bank

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Israeli soldiers stand guard on the main road near the West bank village of Bet Sahour during the funeral of Dalia Lemkus, at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, Nov. 11, 2014. Credit: AP

Due to the increasing number of terrorist incidents in the past month, the Israel Defense Forces has decided to station more troops in the West Bank. The plan is to add two battalions of reinforcements; a third battalion may also be added later.

The troops will be put on operational duty instead of engaging in their scheduled training, and their main mission will be to help protect those traveling on roads in the West Bank.

On Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a number of steps to be taken against terrorists including augmenting the number of security forces on the ground and demolishing the homes of perpetrators of terror attacks.

He called a meeting Tuesday morning on the security situation following the attacks on Monday in Tel Aviv and in Gush Etzion that left two Israelis dead and others wounded. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and police commissioner Yohanan Danino participated in the meeting.

Last night the IDF arrested four Palestinians in Nablus, some of whom are relatives of the terrorist Nur Aladin Khaled Saed Abu Hashiya from the Askar refugee camp, who apparently murdered Sgt. Almog Shiloni on Monday in Tel Aviv. Shiloni, 20 years old from Modi’in, was stabbed to death near Haganah train station. A Hamas activist from Hebron was also arrested last night as was another Palestinian man from the village of Thulth, southeast of Qalqilyah.

Rocks were thrown this morning at a car on Road 60 in the West Bank, and the driver fired shots in the air in response. The military reported there were no injuries or damage in the incident.

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