Incident Summary:

12/25/2001: A Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) unit came under attack while on patrol along the Jordanian-Israeli border near Yardena. One IDF soldier was killed, and four others injured in the attack. Two Palestinians, described as "terrorists", were killed on the site by joint Israeli-Jordanian forces in response to the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Yardena

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Defense Forces
Specific Description Israeli Soldiers on patrol along the Israeli-Jordanian border
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 Found at the site of the incident were two bodies, apparently of the terrorists, in the area between the border fence and the Jordan River. Next to the bodies were binoculars, hunting rifles, and blankets. It was theorized that the terrorists hid in the area for several days and monitored the IDF activities. The attack took authorities by surprise as the Jordanian-Israeli border is typically peaceful.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Israeli Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Jordan Border Clash; 2 Terrorists Killed," Jerusalem Voice of Israel Network, December 25, 2001.
“Three killed on border," The Daily Telegraph, December 27, 2001.