Terrorist dies in shootout with IDF

Arab terrorists conduct drive-by on IDF jeep outside Shiloh, return fire kills one and wounds two others.

Ari Yashar,

IDF soldier shooting (illustration)
IDF soldier shooting (illustration)
Matanya Tausig/Flash 90

Arab terrorists opened fire on Tuesday night at an IDF force of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion at Turmus Aya Junction, in the Shiloh region of Samaria.

The terrorists conducted a drive-by shooting against an IDF jeep, but fortunately the terrorists were unable to wound any soldiers.

In response, the soldiers returned fire, killing one of the terrorists and leaving two others wounded. The wounded terrorists were arrested.

The incident comes just hours after rocket warning sirens were sounded in the Gaza belt region.

It was later clarified that the Iron Dome anti-missile system had accidentally identified gunfire from Gaza as a rocket, and in response sent a missile that landed in an open area near Sderot.

Statistics released on Monday reveal that the past month was the worst in terms of terrorist attacks since 2006.

No less than 602 attacks took place in 30 days - more than during Operation Protective Edge (2014), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012), or Operation Cast Lead (2009). 

In fact, there are whole years in which the number of attacks did not reach this amount: in 2010 there were 455 attacks total, and in 2011 there were 511 attacks.
The number of victims in October alone was abnormally high relative to recent years - 11 Israelis were killed, compared with five in all of 2013, for example; 80 civilians and security personnel were injured - compared with 63 in all of 2014, and 42 wounded in 2013.