228 terror attacks since October; nearly half of terrorists under 20
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on Monday released statistics on the more than four month long wave of Arab terror that has been plaguing Israel.
According to the statistics, covering the period from the beginning of October until last week, there have been 228 terror attacks or attempted terror attacks. 37% of the terrorists ranged from 16-20 years old. A further 10% of those carrying out the attacks were minors, meaning that nearly half of the terrorists were 20 years old and younger.
A third of the terrorists were 21-25 and an additional 10% were 30 and older. The statistics further show that 24 women took part in attempted attacks, some 11% of all terrorists.
The Shin Bet statistics show that the majority of the attacks and attempted attacks (74%) took place in Judea and Samaria, whereas 10% of attacks, or 22 incidents, took place within the Green Line. In addition, 16% of the attacks have taken place in Jerusalem.
The statistics include all of the terror attacks that have been carried out since October 1, when Na’ama and Eitam Henkin were murdered near the Itamar settlement, up until last Wednesday. Five attacks and attempted attacks have been carried out since then.
The Shin Bet also provided details on where the terrorists hailed from. The majority of terrorists, approximately 80%, were Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria. Among them, Hevron stands out as the main city from which terrorists come. According to the Shin Bet, 40% of the Judea-Samaria terrorists were from Hevron and Yatir. Another area which provided a relatively large number of terrorists is Ramallah, with some 25% of attackers hailing from the city and surrounding Binyamin region.
According to the Shin Bet statistics, 21 of the terrorists were illegally staying in Israel at the time they carried out attacks. Two terrorists with legal permits to be in the country carried out attacks in Israel: the assailant who carried out the attack that killed two people at the Panorama building in Tel Aviv in November; and another assailant who carried out an attack in Modi’in. A Palestinian with a work permit also carried out a stabbing attack in the Ariel industrial area where he was employed.