Incident Summary:

05/13/1998: The gate at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City was set on fire, causing no injuries but extensive damage to the gate. "Jewish Extremists" were accused in the attack, which came in a rash of ethnic-related killings in Jerusalem.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al-Aqsa Mosque
Specific Description Bab al -Ghawanimah, one of the main gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The arson attack came on the day Palestinians were to hold a mass protest throughout the occupied territories to commemorate al-Nakba, "the catastrophe" they feel befell them with the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Arsonists Burn Old City Gate, PA Blames Israeli Extremists,” Jerusalem Qol Yisra'el, May 14, 1998.
“Palestinian statement accuses Israeli extremists of Al-Aqsa gate attack,” Voice of Palestine, Ramallah, May 14, 1998.
“Arsonists Set Fire to Gate into Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound,” AAP Newsfeed, May 14, 1998.