May 2016 saw a continued decrease in the number of attacks: 101 (65 of which were firebomb attacks), as opposed to 115 in April. The decrease was evident in most regions: 67 attacks were executed in Judea and Samaria, compared to 75 in April; 17 attacks took place in Jerusalem, compared to 35 in April; and 1 attack took place within the Green Line, compared to 2 in April. The number of attacks originating from the Gaza Strip, however, increased with 16 attacks in May compared to April’s 3.

May’s terrorist attacks did not result in any fatalities, but injured 12 Israelis – 4 civilians and 8 security personnel: 5 were injured in stabbing attacks (the 4 civilians in Jerusalem and one soldier in Tel Aviv); 3 security personnel were injured in a ramming attack near Beitunia/Ramallah (Judea), 2 in IED attacks in Hizma (north-east of Jerusalem) and Isawiya (northern Jerusalem), and 2 as a result of firebomb attacks in Isawiya.


As in April, May saw no Jewish terrorist attacks.


Data regarding terror attacks in May 2016

Following is a regional distribution of attacks:  16 attack from the Gaza Strip, (3 in April); 67 attacks in the Judea and Samaria (75 in April); 17 attacks in Jerusalem (35 in April); 1 within the "Green Line" (2 in April).


Jerusalem and the Judea and Samaria area: Most attacks executed in May 65 out of 84 were in the form of firebombs (April: 91 out of 110).



Distribution of attacks according to regions and pattern profile:


Following is a distribution of attacks in May 2016 according to regions:


The Gaza Strip16 attacks: 2 rocket launchings; 12 mortar shell launchings; 2 small arms shooting.


Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – 84 attacks: 11 IED (including pipe bombs and improvised grenade) (1 in Jerusalem); 4 small arms shooting; 3 stabbing (in Jerusalem); 1 run over; 65 firebombs (13 in Jerusalem).


The "Green Line" one stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.



High-trajectory launchings from Gaza Strip and Sinai



Throughout May 2016 three rockets were launched** from the Gaza Strip towards Israel (within 2 attacks) and 19 mortar shells (within 12 attacks), as opposed to April in which 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.