The past year saw a 55 percent drop in the number of casualties from terrorism compared to 2011, according to figures released by  the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on Thursday.

Ten Israelis lost their lives in terrorist attacks in 2012, compared to 22 in 2011. Six of the casualties were civilians and four were members of the security forces.

Nine out of the ten casualties in 2012 were killed in terror attacks that originated from the Gaza Strip (7) and the Sinai Peninsula (2). Palestinian rocket fire during Operation Pillar of Defense in November resulted in the murder of six Israelis - four civilians and two members of the security forces. One Israeli was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Ramle, central Israel. 

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