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Jerusalem: Israeli Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochawi on Friday ordered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to step up operations in the West Bank following the deadly attack in Tel Aviv a day earlier.

According to a statement issued by the IDF, Kochavi held an early morning meeting with senior military officials 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 shooter 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 IDF statement said the military would increase operational activity in the northern West Bank, adding Israeli forces would “enhance defensive efforts” along the West Bank barrier.

Israel built the West Bank barrier wall in response to a popular Palestinian insurgency against Israel from 2000 to 2005. Israel says the wall was meant to prevent waves of suicide bombings during this period, while Palestinians call it a wall of racial segregation.

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

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

 

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