‘Israel to increase operations in West Bank after Tel Aviv attack’

Israeli military, police forces on high alert

Jerusalem: Israeli Chief of the General Staff Aviv Kochavi ordered on Friday the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to increase operations in the West Bank, after a deadly attack in Tel Aviv a day earlier.

According to a statement released by the IDF, Kochavi held a morning meeting with senior military officers to grasp the country’s current security situation amid the rise of attacks on civilians, Xinhua news agency reported.

Three Israeli civilians died during a gun attack in a crowded bar in the Israeli coastal city on Thursday evening. The shooter, a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Jenin, was later killed by Israeli security forces.

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The military will increase operational activity in the northern West Bank, the IDF statement said, adding the Israeli forces will “increase defensive efforts” along the West Bank barrier.

Israel built the West Bank barrier wall in response to the Second Intifada, a popular Palestinian uprising against Israel from 2000 to 2005. Israel says the wall was meant to stop waves of suicide bombings during the period, while Palestinians call it a racial segregation wall.

“All of these counterterrorism efforts aim to thwart future terrorist attacks,” the IDF said.

Israeli military and police forces have been on high alert since the current wave of attacks began in mid-March.

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