Escalated tensions in West Bank following Har Adar terror attack

Following the terror attack in Har Adar, the Israeli security establishment is concerned about copycat attacks and violent riots. Seven West Bank towns near Har Adar have been sealed off and their residents will not be able to leave even if they hold valid work permits for Israel or Israeli settlements.

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The medical condition of the Israeli who was critically injured in the Har Adar terror attack continues to stabilize. Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem reported Wednesday morning that he is recovering from surgery. Overnight, Israeli security forces operated in Beit Surik, where the terrorist lived. Aside from Beit Surik and the nearby town of Biddu, five other Palestinian towns in the area have been sealed off.

About 30,000 Palestinians throughout the West Bank are expected to show up for work in Israel or Israeli settlements today. However, the residents of the seven aforementioned towns will not be among them. About 76,000 Palestinians from the West Bank hold valid work permits allowing them to legally work in Israel. In addition, 32,000 Palestinians have work permits for Israeli settlements.

Har Adar, after the attack Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

“We oppose these kinds of devastating acts,” said a Beit Liqya resident regarding the terror attack. “I’m against them. They harm us and also them.”

Meanwhile, the IDF continues to patrol the main roads in the West Bank in order to try to thwart any copycat attacks amid the escalated tensions. One of the Israeli security establishment’s concerns is that the Har Adar terror attack will symbolize a spike in violence throughout the area. While the security agencies are convinced that the right way to contain the situation is by fighting terrorism while also allowing Palestinians to continue their regular routines, the next few days in the West Bank will be very tense and serve as a type of test for the area.

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