Palestinians launched two rockets toward sovereign Israel from the Jenin area on Monday morning, the IDF reported. They landed inside Palestinian Authority territory without hitting any Israelis or Israeli locations. It was the first time a rocket was fired at Israel from the West Bank in 18 years.
One of the rockets fell five meters from the launch area, and the other landed 80 meters away, the IDF said. Although a review of the wreckage found that the rockets were full, no explosive materials were found in the wreckage.
This suggests that either the rockets were a publicity stunt or a test run that was not meant to explode. As of press time, it was unknown if those who carried out the launches had more rockets or explosive materials.
Broadly speaking, the rockets were found to be of a primitive design, the IDF said.
The rockets did not pose a threat to Israeli communities in the area, it said, although it was unclear if this was because they lacked the range to strike them or because of other issues.
Israeli security forces arrived at the scene and conducted searches in the area. They have not yet reported any arrests.
The incident was under review, the military said, without giving specific information about who carried it out or how similar future incidents would be prevented.
There was another recent incident when a dummy rocket was being prepared to potentially be fired at Israel or at least threaten it, the IDF said. Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Director Ronen Bar recently warned that Palestinian terrorists were making renewed efforts to acquire rockets in the West Bank and fire them toward Israel.
If the terrorist groups succeed, it could represent a whole new front for Israel’s rocket defense, which is currently deployed to defend against rockets from Lebanon or Gaza but not the West Bank.
Last week, there was a drastic escalation in Palestinian terrorist attacks, the use of force by the IDF and revenge attacks by settlers in Judea and Samaria.
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