High alert (Archive photo)
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Terrorists planning to kidnap soldiers, civilians

Shin Bet receives 16 concrete warnings on terror organizations' plans to carry out shooting attacks, kidnappings. Security forces to go on high alert until Rosh Hashana, boost activities in West Bank, Jerusalem vicinity

The defense establishment on Thursday evening declared a high state of alert following 16 concrete warnings on terror organizations' plans to carry out terror attacks. Security forces will boost their activities ahead of the holiday of Rosh Hashana.


The warnings came from the northern West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and include kidnapping attacks, suicide bombings, shooting from small-arms and from high-trajectory weapons.


In the past few days, the Shin Bet has received many warnings on terror organizations' plans to carry out kidnapping attacks, both against Israeli citizens and against soldiers.


Following the warnings, the information was transferred to the Israel Defense Forces, which issued orders and updated them among the soldiers.


3 kidnapping attacks foiled in July 

Although the defense establishment currently holds 16 concrete warnings, not all the warnings on kidnappings are included in this count, as there may also be general warnings.


In July, the IDF and the Shin Bet thwarted three kidnapping attacks. One was on July 18, when forces captured a Palestinian who planned to kidnap an Israeli along with a group of terrorists from a road in the Ramallah area.


A Gaza Strip resident was arrested on July 20 while attempting to infiltrate Israel from Sinai in order to carry out a kidnapping attack. On July 21, a Palestinian woman was arrested in Tel Aviv on her way to kidnap an Israeli citizen, drug him and take him to Nablus.


During the war in Lebanon, senior security officials said that terror organizations were boosting their activities in the West Bank. Now, a week before Rosh Hashana, the defense establishment plans to boost its activities in the West Bank and the Jerusalem vicinity.


פרסום ראשון: 09.14.06, 19:53
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