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IDF Expands Operations Against Hamas in Judea and Samaria

The IDF 931 Nachal Brigade seen during search patrols in Balata refugee camp near Nablus (Shechem), on the night of June 16, 2014. They are searching for information leading to the rescue of the Kidnapped Teens.

The IDF 931 Nachal Brigade seen during search patrols in Balata refugee camp near Nablus (Shechem), on the night of June 16, 2014. They are searching for information leading to the rescue of the Kidnapped Teens.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash 90

In response to last week’s kidnappings and constant terrorism in Judea and Samaria, the IDF intensified its efforts to weaken Hamas.

IDF soldiers conducted a special operation Monday night in the city of Nablus, arresting dozens of terrorist suspects and uncovering hundreds of weapons in the area. The mission emphasized a key objective of the IDF operation: to weaken Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure inside Judea and Samaria. The operation involved hundreds of forces from the Nahal Brigade, who uncovered guns, explosive devices, grenades and ammunition throughout the city. Soldiers arrested 41 terrorist suspects, bringing to 191 the number detained since the operation began. The IDF is determined to reduce constant acts of terrorism in the region, many of which involve Hamas. graph eng

Even as Israeli security measures prevent Hamas violence, the organization’s members plan attacks as part of terror cells. For example, a Hamas-run cell from the region carried out the bombing of a Tel Aviv bus in November 2012, wounding 26 innocent civilians in the attack. Each year, the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Ben Security Service) exposes several of these cells and arrests their members.

On a regular basis, terrorists attempt to break through security fences and attack Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria. In October 2013, a terrorist infiltrated an Israeli community and attacked a 9-year-old girl who ultimately survived her injuries. Two years earlier, Palestinian terrorists broke into a home in Ariel and brutally stabbed five members of the Fogel family as they lay sleeping.

IDF soldiers are often the targets of attacks in the region. In September of last year, a Palestinian terrorist kidnapped Sgt. Tomer Hazan and murdered him in Judea and Samaria. Last November, a terrorist from the area stabbed Pvt. Eden Atias, a 19-year-old IDF soldier, while he slept on a bus.

Weapons in the hands of terrorists

Each month, IDF forces in the region report discoveries of weapons caches like the ones found Monday night. The soldiers perform frequent searches of Palestinian homes, where they uncover weapons inside of walls and in other hiding places. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli security forces caught a Palestinian man with 12 pipe bombs strapped to his body as he approached troops at Tapuah Junction.

Firebombs

Terror attacks are especially common inside of Judea and Samaria. Every month, Palestinians hurl dozens of firebombs at civilians and passing cars. The attacks instil fear in the region’s residents and risk lives on a daily basis. Just last month, forces reported nearly 100 firebomb incidents throughout the region. firebombs -eng

Rocks can kill

Other violence comes in the form of rock throwing, a terror act that threatens to injure and kill civilians. In 2013, the IDF recorded more than 2,400 rock throwing incidents in Judea and Samaria. Thirty percent of these attacks were directed at civilian vehicles, and the incidents injured 116 people in total. Rocks may appear harmless, but they threaten lives.

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Explosives

Terrorists use sophisticated explosives to harm as many innocent people as possible. Explosive devices were especially common during the Second Intifada, when they killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks on buses and in other public places. Earlier this year, four IDF soldiers were injured when an explosive device detonated under their patrol jeep. EXPLOSIVE -eng

Shootings

Though not as common as other kinds of terror, shootings repeatedly occur in Judea and Samaria. In September 2013 Palestinian sniper fire killed Sgt. Gabriel Koby, age 20, as he performed routine guard duty in the city of Hebron. SHOOTINGS -ENG

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11 Responses to “IDF Expands Operations Against Hamas in Judea and Samaria”

  1. Diane Hudson says:

    May God go with you!

  2. Neil Fanous says:

    Judea , Samaria and hogwarts in others words Palestine….

  3. Gene Strong says:

    Israel.should take full control.of and annex all.of Jerusalem Judea and Samaria. No more Muslim enclaves. No more appeasement or concessions. No more prisoner releases.

  4. Expel these people to Iraq.

  5. humas are terrorists the war on terror continnues after obozos gone

  6. terrorists have to be stopped. there isno other choice.

  7. Haley Chace says:

    Keep the pressure on!…

  8. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    May God protect these soldiers…good cleaning job guys…keep up the good work..

  9. Kol Ha'kavod and Pe'suros tovos to all our troops.

    The question to our political leaders: "Why no lock-down?" Palestinist private- commercial- & transport- vehicles move, without let or hinderance, along Route 60 & other bi-ways.

    Without a total lock-down it puts all our boys at greater risk!

  10. Anonymous says:

    My child is in IDF, and to all of them I wish a safe incursion and may they bring back these boys without harm

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