Israel is intensifying its security efforts in the West Bank to counter a rise in attacks on settlers. An Israeli armored patrol was shot at Aug. 23 in Hebron, though no injuries were reported. Hamas predicts Israel's efforts will be ineffective and vows the attacks will continue.
The months of July and August saw an escalation in attacks against Israelis, including two shooting attacks in the cities of Ramallah and Qalqilya and a stabbing in Ramallah. Nine improvised explosive devices were set off, there were 66 attacks involving Molotov cocktails and explosives, and Israeli installations were set on fire, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Dialogue Forum stated Aug. 9.