A total of 16 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks in 2018, according to the annual statistical summary released by the IDF Monday ahead of the New Year. The dead included nine civilians and seven members of the security forces – a 20% decrease compared to 2017, where 20 Israelis lost their lives to terror. The number of injured in terrorist attacks increased to 199 up from 169 in 2017.
On the Gaza front, the IDF carried out 865 attacks throughout the Strip over the previous year, in response to roughly 1000 rockets launched into Israeli territory. Aside from the aerial strikes on Gaza, the IDF also destroyed 15 attack tunnels crossing into Israel from the Strip, including one dug underwater. In addition, 15 kilometers of Israel’s subterranean barrier was constructed along the border.
In the north, the IDF has erected roughly 15 Kilometers of a 9 meter tall above-ground barrier along the Lebanese and Syrian border, in addition to locating and destroying five attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah in Lebanon, as part of Operation Northern Shield.
In Judea and Samaria, the IDF arrested 3,171 Palestinians suspected of being involved in terror activities, and seized over 400 weapons.
87 terror attacks have taken place in, or emanated from Judea and Samaria in 2018 – a small drop from 2017’s 97 attacks, but a significant reduction when compared to 2016’s 169 attacks and 2015’s staggering 2019 attacks.
While most information about Israeli Air Force activities is classified, the IDF revealed that the IAF carried out over 2000 aerial missions throughout the year, with a cumulative flight time of 32,166 hours. The IAF cooperated with 15 different air forces throughout the year, and revealed that the furthest location Israeli jets reached in 2018, was Alaska.
By Yona Schnitzer/TPS
Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS