Gaza Militants May Fire Rockets at Israel in 'Solidarity' With West Bank, Security Official Warns

Israel’s security forces are preparing for the possibility that the violence could escalate and persist for a few days more.

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Smoke trailing rockets fired from Gaza at Israel in July 2014.Credit: Reuters
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

Israel might be targeted with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip as a means of showing solidarity with the violent events in the West Bank, a senior security official said Tuesday.

Israel’s security forces are preparing for the possibility that the violence could escalate and persist for a few days more.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke at a news conference at the Etzion Brigade, in the area where 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus was stabbed to death on Monday night.

“We are in the midst of an escalation that began with the events on the Temple Mount a few weeks ago, and spread to Jerusalem and to Judea and Samaria and to other places, including to Israeli Arabs,” he said.

According to Ya’alon, each of the attackers in Monday’s incidents decided on his own to attack and neither was affiliated with an established terror group.

Following Monday’s attacks, the security cabinet met Tuesday to discuss the escalation in the West Bank, the tension in Jerusalem and demonstrations by Arab Israelis.

Two Palestinians were killed Tuesday afternoon and another was seriously injured in two clashes with Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the Hebron area.

According to the army, during clashes in the el-Arub refugee camp, north of Hebron, a Palestinian aimed an improvised weapon at the soldiers. The soldiers reported that they felt their lives were in danger and they opened fire on the Palestinian.

On Monday, two Israelis were stabbed to death by terrorists, one in Tel Aviv and one in Gush Etzion.

In the late afternoon, Almog Shilony, an IDF soldier, was stabbed near the Haganah train station in south Tel Aviv and succumbed to his wounds. The attacker, an 18-year-old Palestinian illegally in Israel, was slightly wounded and apprehended by police Special Forces.

On Monday evening, a terrorist attacked a group of people at a hitchhiking station at the entrance to the settlement of Alon Shvut. Lemkus was run over and then stabbed to death in that attack.

Alon Shvut is the place from which three Jewish youths were abducted in June. The IDF tracked down and killed the main suspects in that incident.

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