Decline in Terror Attacks During May
The month of May marked a significant decline in the number of terror attacks, according to a report released by the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) on Thursday.
The report noted that 72 terror attacks took place during May, compared with 101 in the month of April and 128 in March.
The sharp decline is particularly evident in the number of attacks originating in the Gaza Strip. A total of three attacks were initiated by Gaza-based terrorists during May, compared to 66 during the month of April. In the past month, only one rocket was fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip, compared to 87 rockets and 57 mortar shells that were launched from the Gaza region in April.
On the other hand, the report notes an increase in the number of terror attacks in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem. 44 attacks took place in Judea and Samaria in May, compared with 19 in April. 25 attacks took place in Jerusalem in May, compared with 16 in April. In both areas, most of the attacks (64 out of the total 69) were in the form of throwing of Molotov cocktails. In April, 32 out of 35 attacks involved Molotov cocktails.
The one terror attack which stood out in the month of May was the Nakba Day attack in Tel Aviv, in which an Arab truck driver rammed into two motorcycles and a bus, killing 29-year-old Aviv Morag and injuring at least 17 others.
The driver of the truck, Islam Ibrahim Issa, was caught by police and reenacted his terror attack last weekend, claiming that the reason he continued his wild driving rampage for a distance of some two kilometers was because he had a flat tire.
Thursday’s ISA report follows a report the agency released in March, in which it noted a downward trend in terror attacks in early 2011.
The previous report noted that there were 61 terror attacks in February compared to 83 in January.