Return to normality after 'stabbing intifada': Jerusalem violence down 40%

There has been a broad decrease in terrorism and general violence in the capital during 2016.

November 15, 2016 08:50
Israeli border police in Jerusalem

Israeli border police officers walk at the scene of a terror attack in Jerusalem. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The threat of terror has receded in Jerusalem, according to figures obtained by Israel Radio Tuesday morning.

Considering all types of terror-related activities, including attacks against the Light Rail and stone throwing incidents, Israel Police have calculated that there has been a 40% decline in violence in the capital from 2015 figures.

Interior Minister Gilad Erdan claimed that his ministry's "historic" operation to strengthen security around Jerusalem has proven fruitful, and praised the hard work of the police forces securing the city.

Erdan added that Jerusalem will soon receive 1,250 additional officers, who for the first time since 1967 are manning positions inside neighborhoods in the East of the city, and not only at their entrances.
Footage of stabbing attack in Jerusalem

Despite the welcome news, 2016 has so far seen a number of significant terror attacks in Jerusalem. Before the High Holy Days, a police officer and civilian were killed and four others wounded in an attack in the vicinity of Sheik Jarra, while a number of stabbing attacks have been perpetrated outside the Old City, often around the Damascus Gate.

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