Thursday, December 31, 2020

Israel: Conflict stats for 2020

(Jerusalem)  The IDF has revealed its annual statistics report for the past year and they include:

  1. The Israel Air Force carried out 50 strikes against targets in Syria throughout 2020.
  2. Two IED (improvised explosive device) attacks on the Syrian border were thwarted.
  3. There were two attempts by Hezbollah to carry out attacks into Israel, and both were prevented by the IDF.
  4. On the Gaza front, 176 rockets were launched by terrorist organizations toward Israel during 2020. Ninety of the rockets landed in open fields, and 80 were intercepted.
  5. One terrorist tunnel along the Gaza border was exposed this year. The tunnel was dug by Hamas and crossed into Israel. During that time, some 300 targets in Gaza were hit by the IAF.
  6. There were some 1,500 rock hurling incidents in the West Bank during the past year. This is a small increase in comparison to 2019, during which 1,469 incidents were reported.
  7. There were 31 cases of live-fire incidents in the West Bank during the year – 12 more than in 2019. Nine stabbing attacks were reported, three fewer than in 2019.
  8. The IDF significantly stepped up its campaign against the West Bank’s local gun production industry, shutting down 50 workshops where it said guns were being produced, compared to 14 in 2019 and four in 2018.
  9. Israeli Air Force drones clocked some 35,000 flight hours; helicopters flew over 400 sorties, a quarter of them search and rescue operations; and transport airplanes flew over 1,000 missions.
  10. Vegetarian and vegan soldiers had a banner year, with 1,875 soldiers receiving non-leather shoes and 2,500 non-wool berets. Some 50 tons of tofu were eaten in the IDF in 2020.
  11. Over 3,000 reservists were called in to assist the Home Front Command in addressing the COVID 19 epidemic. During the crisis, the military distributed some 380,000 boxes of food and supplies to citizens throughout the country. In addition to the 1.4 million phone calls answered.