Incident Summary:

05/18/1999: Hizballah fired 60 rockets at the Israeli North District town of Kiryat Shemona. Nine Israeli civilians were injured in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Qiryat Shemona

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Town of Kiryat Shemona
Specific Description Town of Kiryat Shemona
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
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Katyusha rockets were used in the attack.
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 Hizballah offensive came hours after Labor Party leader Ehud Barak was declared the winner in elections for Israeli Prime Minister.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Israel protests ‘very serious’ Hezbollah rocket attack,” Agence France Presser, May 18, 1999.
“9 Israelis wounded in Hezbollah attacks” Xinhua News Agency, May 18, 1999.