Number of terrorist attacks on Israelis rose by 15% in July


(JTA) — The number of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis in July increased by 15 percent over the previous month.

Israeli security services documented 255 attacks last month, including 11 in Jerusalem, the Israel Security Service, or Shin Bet, said in its monthly report published this week. The June tally was 220 incidents.

Two Israelis were killed in attacks in July, including a soldier shot dead by a sniper from Gaza. The other fatality was a civilian who was stabbed to death in the West Bank, along with two other victims who sustained moderate to mild injuries.

Despite the increase, the figures in July were well below those of May, when 365 incidents were documented — the highest number in over two years of terrorist attacks on Israelis.

Nearly two-thirds of the attacks recorded in July involved firebombs. Incidents involving the hurling of rocks at Israelis and their cars are not included in Israel Security Service reports.

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