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Tel Aviv : Israeli Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochawi has ordered the country’s defense forces to step up operations in the West Bank following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv.

According to a statement issued by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Kochavi held a meeting with senior military officials on Friday to understand the current security situation in the country amid increasing attacks on civilians, Xinhua news agency reported.

Three Israeli civilians were killed in a gun attack on a crowded bar in the Israeli coastal city on Thursday evening.

A Palestinian gunman in the West Bank city of Jenin was later gunned down by Israeli security forces.

It was the fourth deadly attack in Israel in less than three weeks, during which a total of 14 people have been killed.

The military will increase operational activity in the northern West Bank, the IDF statement said, adding Israeli forces will “increased defensive efforts” along the West Bank barrier.

Israel built the West Bank barrier wall in response to the Second Intifada, a popular Palestinian insurgency against the Jewish state from 2000 to 2005.

Israel says the wall was meant to prevent waves of suicide bombings during this period, while Palestinians call it racial segregation. Wall.

“All these counter-terrorist efforts are aimed at thwarting future terrorist attacks,” the IDF said.

Israeli military and police forces have been on high alert since the current wave of attacks began in mid-March.

 

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