December 2014 witnessed a decrease in the number of terrorist attacks, compared to last month: 161 as opposed to 214 in November. The decrease was mainly noted in Judea and Samaria, with 133 terrorist attacks as opposed to 166 in November, and in Jerusalem, with 26 attacks, 46 in November. In the Gaza Strip a slight increase: 2 attacks, compared to one each in September, October, and November. 9 Israelis were injured in terrorist attacks in December – 6 civilians and 3 members of the security forces.
5 were stabbed: 3 civilians in a Mishor Adumim supermarket (3 December) and 2 border police officers near Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate (26 December). 2 other civilians were wounded by firebombs near Maale Shomron (25 December) one of them, 11-year-old girl was severely injured. Another civilian was slightly injured by acid thrown at him near Hussan Junction (12 December). An IDF soldier was severely injured near Nir Oz (24 December) by a Gazan sniper who fired at troops by the border fence.
Data regarding terror attacks in December 2014
Following is a regional distribution of attacks: 2 attack from the Gaza Strip, (1 in November); 133 attacks in the Judea and Samaria (166 in November); 26 attacks in Jerusalem (46 in November).
Jerusalem and the Judea and Samaria area: Most attacks executed in December 127 out of 159 were in the form of firebombs (November: 181 out of 212).
Distribution of attacks according to regions and pattern profile:
Following is a distribution of attacks in December 2014 according to regions:
The Gaza Strip – 2 attack: 1 rocket; 1 sniper shooting.
Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – 159 attacks: 25 IED (including pipe bombs and improvised grenade); 2 small arms shooting; 3 stabbing attacks (1 in Jerusalem); 2 assault attacks by acid (1 in Jerusalem); 127 firebombs (24 in Jerusalem).
High-trajectory launchings from Gaza Strip and Sinai
Throughout December 2014 one rocket was launched** from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as opposed to November: no rockets or mortar shells were launched.
**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.