IDF to send hundreds more troops into Judea and Samaria

June 9, 2016  

The IDF has announced it will deploy hundreds more troops to Judea and Samaria following last night’s deadly terror attack on Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, which left four people dead and over a dozen wounded at a cafe.

“In accordance with situation assessments, the Judea and Samaria Division will be reinforced by two additional battalions,” the army said in a statement.  

The IDF declined to provide details on numbers of troops, but battalions are usually made up of several hundred soldiers.

It follows emergency security consultations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, following which the government froze tens of thousands of visitor permits for Palestinian Arabs into Israeli sovereign territory in response to the massacre.

IDF forces also acted quickly to seal off the attackers’ hometown of Yatta, adjacent to Hebron.

On Thursday morning, Defense Minister Liberman told reporters at the scene of the attack that “does not intend to make do with just talk.”

“I came here to salute the people of Tel Aviv who endured another (attack), and despite this know how to return to life as normal,” Liberman said as he stood in Sarona Market.

“I do not intend to elaborate on the steps we intend to take, but… I don’t intend to make do with just words.”

In a show of solidarity the defense minister ordered a late breakfast at a local cafe at the site of the attack.

Leading Israeli opposition figures similarly visited the bustling Sarona Market Thursday morning, including opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, Tzipi Livni and Shelly Yechimovich of the Zionist Union party.

AFP contributed to this report.

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