February 16, 2024 | Flash Brief

Terror Attack in Southern Israel Kills Two and Wounds Four

February 16, 2024 | Flash Brief

Terror Attack in Southern Israel Kills Two and Wounds Four

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A terrorist attack in southern Israel on February 16 killed two people and wounded four others. The assailant used a firearm in the attack, which took place at the Masmiya junction in the Israeli city of Gedera. A civilian on the scene killed the perpetrator. The victims were evacuated to local hospitals. The attack occurred as Israel continues its fight in Gaza against Hamas more than four months after the terrorist group’s massacre on October 7.

Expert Analysis

“This attack illustrates the danger that terrorism continues to pose to Israelis. Israel is fighting a long campaign to defeat Hamas in Gaza. Extremist groups seek to radicalize terrorists in Israel and the West Bank to carry out attacks amidst the ongoing war. Israel should be supported in its ongoing efforts to crack down on terrorists, whether in Gaza or other areas where the threats are present.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“The shooting attack in southern Israel serves as a clear reminder that terrorism remains a pressing issue both along Israel’s borders and inside the country. It is imperative for Israeli law enforcement to stay vigilant, as acts of terrorism can escalate and inspire further violence, particularly during the current conflict with Hamas and other terrorist organizations.” — Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Terrorist Threats in West Bank

Terrorist groups have sought to recruit more members and conduct attacks on Israel in the wake of October 7. It was not yet clear which group, if any, was directly responsible for the attack on February 16. However, Hamas has radicalized many terrorists in recent months. For example, in November 2023, Hamas members carried out a shooting attack in Jerusalem, killing four Israelis and wounding five. A Hamas member claimed in a CBS interview released on February 15 that the October 7 attack and the subsequent war in Gaza have helped Hamas recruit new members.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a raid in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on January 26 that eliminated a terrorist cell planning major attacks. Also in January, Israeli authorities arrested two groups of terrorists in eastern Jerusalem who were allegedly planning attacks. “According to the charge sheet presented at the Jerusalem District Court, the suspects regularly consumed ISIS materials online, such as videos on religious sermons and executions, including beheadings,” The Times of Israel reported.

Israeli Forces Eliminate Terror Cell Planning Major Attacks,” FDD Flash Brief

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is an Iran-Supported Terror Organization,” FDD Flash Brief

Israeli Operations in West Bank Reflect Shrinking PA Control,” FDD Flash Brief


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