IDF bolsters forces in Judea and Samaria

Army prepares for riots over Trump's declaration, as terror incidents and incitement increase overnight.

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Kobi Finkler,

Judea and Samaria
Judea and Samaria
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The IDF conducted a situational assessment this morning amidst fears of riots following US President Donald Trump's speech in which he declared American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

Upon completion of the situational assessment, it was decided to reinforce several battalions, as well as intelligence and regional units, in Judea and Samaria.

In addition, additional emergency forces are prepared to rush to the area in case of further developments.

It should be noted that in the past 24 hours there has been an increase in the number of terror incidents, including stone-throwing and Molotov cocktails in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Molotov cocktails and stones were thrown at vehicles on the central road in the Binyamin region, near the village of Rantis. There were no casualties and no damage was reported. Security forces were called to the scene.

Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said this morning in an interview with Army Radio that there was an increase in incitement on social networks following the announcement, as well as an increase in the number of terror incidents: "There is a rising level of incitement, not only from Hamas, but also among Israeli Arabs. The phenomenon of throwing stones that has increased overnight...we must be prepared. "

Regional protest against the announcement have continued this morning.

"Taking this type of step puts the world, especially the region, in a ring of fire," Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to supporters at Ankara airport before heading on a visit to Greece.

"Hey Trump! What do you want to do?" he said, addressing the US leader directly in one of Erdogan's most familiar rhetorical habits.

"What kind of approach is this? Political leaders do not stir things up, they seek to make peace!" he added.








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