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West Bank violence likely Hamas attempt to distract from Gaza and discredit Palestinian Authority, violent protests likely

17 December 2018


Two members of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) were killed on 13 December in a shooting attack at the Givat Assaf settlement outpost of the West Bank.

Earlier in the day, two Israeli police officers were injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City. In both attacks the assailant was a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, and was killed by security forces. A shooting attack on 9 December that killed one and injured six at Ofra settlement was carried out by the son of a Hamas leader in the West Bank.


The uptick in violence is likely an attempt by Hamas to shift the focus of Israeli security operations away from Gaza, and maintain pressure on the Israeli government to respond.

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