Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip entered its second month in August 2014. Throughout August, 1,576 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, and 6 rockets were fired from Sinai. Most launchings were short to medium ranged (up to 50km), and few were long ranged (42 rockets). In comparison, July had a record of 2,622 high trajectory launchings.
All in all, a decrease was seen in the number of terrorist attacks in all zones as opposed to July.
9 fatalities were recorded this month: 8 during Protective Edge and one (a civilian) was killed in a run-over attack in Jerusalem (4 August).
Half of the fatalities during Protective Edge were soldiers and the other half were civilians. 3 soldiers were killed in an encounter with terrorists who emerged from a tunnel in the area of Rafah (1 August) and another soldier died of wounds (31 August) caused by an IED exploded in Khan Younes in July.
As for civilian victims, 3 civilians including a 4 year old boy, were killed by mortar shells which hit Nirim (26 August) and Nahal Oz (22 August). Another civilian died of wounds (29 August) after being severely injured by a rocket which hit Gan Yavne.
57 Israelis were injured in August. 10 were soldiers, the rest –civilians. The distribution of civilian casualties is such: 30 from rocket launchings (one moderately, the rest lightly injured); 10 were injured from mortar shells (2 severely, 2 moderately, and 6 lightly injured); 4 suffered moderate injuries due to a stabbing attack in Ma’ale Adumim near Jerusalem; one had light injuries due to a firebomb near Husan / Beth Lehem (Judea area); one had moderate injuries due to stone throwing near Beit Omar / Hebron (Judea).
Data regarding terror attacks in August 2014
Following is a regional distribution of attacks: 867 attack from the Gaza Strip, most of them high trajectory fire (1,643 in July); 241 attacks in the Judea and Samaria (424 in July); 69 attacks in Jerusalem (83 in July); 2 from Sinai (9 in July).
Jerusalem and the Judea and Samaria area: Most attacks executed in August 263 out of 310 were in the form of firebombs (July: 459 out of 507).
Distribution of attacks according to regions and pattern profile:
Following is a distribution of attacks in August 2014 according to regions:
The Gaza Strip – 867 attacks: 847 rockets and mortar shells launching; 11 sniper and small arms shooting; 8 AT; 1 IED.
Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – 310 attacks: 35 IED (1 in Jerusalem); 8 small arms shootings (1 in Jerusalem); 2 run-over (1 in Jerusalem); 1 stabbing; 1object/stone throwing; 263 firebombs (66 in Jerusalem).
Sinai – 2 attacks: rockets launching
High-trajectory launchings from Gaza Strip and Sinai
Throughout August 2014 1,576 rockets and mortar shells were launched** from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, and 6 rockets were launched** from Sinai (in 2 attacks). In July: 2,859 rockets and mortar shell from the Gaza Strip and 24 rockets from Sinai.
**Clarification: The number of launchings is the number of rockets/mortar shells actually launched during one high-trajectory fire attack. For example: one attack may include a salvo of three launchings, that is, three rockets/ mortar shells, and so it will be counted as one attack and three launchings.