Incident Summary:

02/14/2002: Three Israeli soldiers died and two more were wounded when a bomb exploded under their tank in the West Bank town of Netzarim, Israel. Popular Resistance Committees, HAMAS and the armed military wing of the Fatah Party all claimed responsibility for the attack.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description IDF soldiers in Netzarim, 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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Popular Resistance Committees (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Palestinian Group Claims Killing of Three Israeli Soldiers,” Agence France Presse, February 15, 2002.
Mark Lavie, “Three Israelis Killed, Two Wounded in Gaza Bombing: Military Sources," Associated Press, February 14, 2002.
“1st Lead: Three Israel Soldiers Die When Tank Hit in Gaza Strip,” Deutsche Presse Agentur, February 14, 2002.