IDF deploys 4 battalions to West Bank after deadly shooting attack

First of extra units to begin arriving on Friday, to assist in searches for the terrorists.

October 1, 2015 23:40
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IDF troops operating in the West Bank

IDF troops operating in the West Bank. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)

The IDF ordered four battalions to join existing military forces in the West Bank in the wake of a terror attack in which an Israeli couple was shot and killed. The decision was made following a security evaluation held by IDF General Staff on Thursday night.

A Palestinian gunman shot dead two Israeli parents in a shooting attack on their vehicle in Samaria, between Elon Moreh and Itamar on Thursday night.

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The couple's four of their young children survived the attack without injury and were rescued by emergency responders from the bullet-ridden vehicle.

The first of the extra units will begin arriving on Friday, to assist in searches for the terrorists and ensure IDF control of the area, and prevent a deterioration of the security situation.

The main focus of this stage of the defense establishment's response will be on the intelligence front, a senior IDF said.

"There is certainly a change of atmosphere on the ground," the source said.

"The Shin Bet is carrying out a large range of activities, intelligence activities, to place our hands on the terrorists," the source added.

Additionally, the IDF will surround a number of Palestinian villages in the vicinity of the attack to help the hunt for the terrorists.

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