Hebron area is major source of Palestinian stabbers, data shows

The West Bank city of Hebron has been a hotbed for Palestinian attackers over the past three months, according to figures released by the Israeli defense establishment on Wednesday.

Of 130 Palestinians who carried out attacks against security personnel and civilians, 28 came from Hebron and 19 from the villages around the city, which lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem. Thirty hailed from East Jerusalem, and the rest from other areas in the West Bank.

The data did not include the most recent terror attacks, including a car-ramming in Jerusalem on Monday, which was carried out by a resident of Hebron and injured 14 people.

In total, 115 of the attackers were men and 15 women. The overwhelming majority, 110, were single and their average age was 21. Only four were parents.

Fourteen of the assailants came from refugee camps, among them eight from Qalandiya and Shuafat in East Jerusalem. The low number of refugee camps residents taking part in the attacks stands in contrast to their high involvement in violence during the first and second intifadas — Palestinian uprisings during the late 1980s and early 2000s, respectively.

Security officials noted that only a few of those who carried out attacks were affiliated with terror groups and none of them had acted on the direct orders of such groups. Two were members from Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extreme Salafist group.

Since the latest wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence began in September, more than 20 Israelis have been killed in near-daily stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed, most of them assailants shot as they carried out attacks, including some who were teenagers. Other Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

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