Kiryat arba attack police 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Judea and Samaria Police have significantly increased their presence on the
ground and have raised the security alert to its highest level in response to
this week’s double terrorist attacks.
The police district has boosted its
number of officers – some of whom have been “borrowed” from neighboring
districts – and upped the number of patrol cars on the West Bank’s
“We are fully deployed on the ground at the moment, and are ready
to respond to any eventuality,” a police source said on
Officers will be almost exclusively tasked with focusing on
security-related patrols on the ground, maintaining visibility, and
close touch with the IDF.
Their mission will be made more challenging by
the fact that the final Friday of Ramadan has arrived, meaning that more
Palestinian vehicles will be on the roads than usual, as many West Bank
residents head to Jerusalem to pray at the Temple Mount.
numbers is aimed at reassuring members of the public, and improving the
force’s ability to provide operational responses as swiftly as possible
At the same time, the officers, who do not travel in
bulletproof vehicles, could themselves become targets of terrorist
opening fire on Israel targets, as was the case in June when F.-Sgt.
“Shuki” Sofer, 39, who served in the Hebron police sub-district for 14
shot dead in an ambush.
There are no known plans to introduce armored
police vehicles into service at this time, due to budgetary constraints,
officers could soon be traveling through the area with bulletproof
helmets, as they did during the peak of the second intifada.
training to identify the source of gunfire directed at officers and
return fire could also become a regular feature.