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Israeli terror toll down 60 percent

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The number of Israelis killed by terror attacks during 2005 fell by more than 60 percent, official figures say.

An annual summary of terror activities for 2005 released by Israel's Shin Bet, or Shabak domestic security service, Sunday revealed that a total of 2,990 attacks were launched against Israeli targets. The attacks occurred after the truce was announced, the report stated.

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Some 45 Israelis were killed in terror attacks in 2005 compared with 117 Israelis killed in such attacks in 2004. Twenty-three of those killed last year were killed in seven suicide bomb attacks.

There was also a 30 percent decrease in the number of total Israeli casualties, including those injured in attacks, during 2005 with 406 Israelis wounded compared with 589 the previous year, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In 2005 security forces arrested 160 potential suicide bombers in raids in West Bank villages and towns.

There was a drastic drop in terror attacks launched from the Gaza Strip last year, with 1,205 attacks carried out in 2005 compared with 2,637 in 2004, the newspaper said.

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