Israel ups anti-terror operations

This, following a concerning attack in the north of the country.

By Jonathan Hessen and Erin Viner


A 21-year-old Israeli resident of the Arab village of Salem was severely wounded by the explosion of a roadside bomb near the Megiddo Junction on Route 65.

According to initial findings of the investigation, the victim was driving his vehicle a few dozen meters from the improvised explosive device when it was detonated – which reflects the magnitude of the incendiary materials.

While diagnosed in serious condition due to full body shrapnel wounds, medical officials say the Israeli victim’s condition is currently regarded as stable. It is important to note that while a manhunt has been launched after the perpetrators of the attack, the Israeli public has not been given any special instructions in the aftermath of the incident.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant held a series of security assessments and consultations in wake of the unusual attack, which police believe was a nationalistically motivated act of terror.

In recent days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been updated and is following security developments together with the senior security leadership. This afternoon, he held a security consultation with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Meanwhile in overnight operations, IDFIsrael Security Agency (ISA, Shin Bet) Border Police Special Operations units conducted counter-terror activity in the West Bank districts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley as part of Operation Waves Breaker.

During the course of the mission, yet another 15 suspected terrorists were successfully apprehended.

And while several violent altercations occurred, no injuries were reported among the Israeli troops.