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      Terror Shift: Attacks Move to Sinai, Jerusalem

      Terrorist attacks dropped in August. Gaza launched fewer attacks, while terrorists in Sinai and Jerusalem launched more.
      First Publish: 9/5/2012, 8:39 AM

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      Hamas terrorists in Gaza
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      Terrorists slightly changed their mode of attack in August, coming at Israel from the Sinai Peninsula rather than Gaza, the Shin Bet reported Wednesday. Twenty-one attacks were launched from Gaza in August, compared to 28 in July.

      Two attacks originated in Sinai, one of them a major infiltration attempt in which terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and commandeered two APCs, which they used to try to enter Israel.

      In a second attack, terrorists fired rockets at the city of Eilat.

      While overall attacks from Gaza were down, the number of rocket launchings remained nearly unchanged, with terrorists firing 21 rockets and 3 mortar shells in August, compared to 18 rockets and 9 mortar shells in July.

      Attacks from Judea and Samaria were less frequent in August, with 19 reported compared to 30 in July. However, attacks were slightly more frequent in Jerusalem, where nine terror assaults were recorded compared to six in July.

      All 28 attacks in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem used firebombs, the report stated. The Shin Bet report apparently did not include rock attacks, despite the fact that such attacks have proven fatal in the past.