Incident Summary:

07/16/2002: Seven Israeli settlers were killed when Palestinian militants attacked a bus near Emmanuel in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Three groups each claimed responsibility for the attack: Izz-al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Aksa Martyr's Brigade (of Fatah), and the Marxist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Emanuel

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Zilpa Kashi, Gal Shilon, Tiferet Sarah, Keren Kashani, Galila Ades, Yonatan Gamliel and Ilana Siton
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/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Inigo, Gilmore, "Seven Killed in West Bank Bus Ambush," The Daily Telegraph, July 17, 2002.
Arieh, O'Sullivan, "7 Dead in Attack on Emmanuel Bus, Three Generations Of One Family Among the Victims," The Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2002.