Incident Summary:

12/10/2001: The explosion of a container filled with gas on a truck killed one Palestinian and wounded another in Ramallah, West Bank. While Palestinians blamed Israel for the attack, Israel claimed this was a possible attack by Palestinians on Anthony Zinni, an envoy from the United States who was working in the Middle East.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Ramallah

Location Details:
The Ramallah neighborhood of Al Baluah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Envoy from the United States
Specific Description Anthony Zinni
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A truck carrying a container filled with gasoline detonated.
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 It was not clear if this was an assassination attempt, although that is what both authorities and sources speculated. It was also not clear if the Palestinians driving the truck were suicide terrorists, terrorists that were attempting to detonate the gasoline but survive the attack, or simply innocent bystanders.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinians (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Palestinian killed, another injured in explosion," Xinhua News Agency, December 10, 2001.
"Israel says Zinni might have been targeted by tank explosion in West Bank," Al-Bawaba News, December 10, 2001.