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Terrorists Target Israeli Bus in Gush Etzion

Terrorists open fire at an Israeli bus at the Gush Etzion junction. No one hurt.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/22/2012, 5:46 AM

Shooting (illustrative)
Shooting (illustrative)
Israel News photo: Flash 90

Terrorists opened fire at an Israeli bus at the Gush Etzion junction on Wednesday night, Kol Yisrael radio reported.

No one was hurt in the incident, but the bus was damaged. A later inspection of the bus found holes from a bullet on its walls.

IDF forces were searching the area in an attempt to find the terrorists, who are believed to have fired at the bus from a passing vehicle.

As the IDF continued its counterterrorism operation in Gaza this past week, Arabs in Judea and Samaria stepped up their rock throwing attacks on Israelis, in an expression of support for Gaza and opposition to the operation. There were numerous reports of riots and shooting throughout Judea and Samaria.

The phenomenon of attacks on the roads of Judea, Samaria and outlying neighborhoods of Jerusalem by Palestinian Authority Arabs hurling rocks, firebombs and even at times firing gunshots at Israeli motorists has increased exponentially over the past several months.

With the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, the attacks increased still more. Several recent incidents in the Judea region in particular caused damage to vehicles traveling through the area. In one case, a woman was sent into traumatic shock when her vehicle came under a rock attack by Palestinian Authority road terrorists.

A series of firebomb and rock attacks on Monday targeted both IDF soldiers as well as Jewish residents in the region.

Even before Operation Pillar of Defense started, there was a surge in firebomb attacks in Judea and Samaria.

According to the monthly report by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), 68 out of 70 terror attacks in Judea and Samaria during October were firebomb attacks.