Incident Summary:

06/06/2003: A group affiliated with the pro-Syrian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC) claimed responsibility for firing four mortars at the Jewish settlement of Gush Khatif in the Gaza Strip. No casualties resulted from the bombardment.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip

Gush Qatif

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the settlement of Gush Khatif in the Gaza Strip
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Four mortar rounds were fired during 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 A group identifying itself as the forces of the martyr Jihad Jibril claimed responsibility for the incident. The group was affiliated with the pro-Syrian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine- General Command (PFLP-GC). Less than a month earlier, radical Palestinian organizations with offices in Damascus suspended their activities following intense U.S. pressure on Syria to close them down.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Gen Cmd (PFLP-GC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“PFLP-GC claims mortar attack on Jewish settlement,” Agence France Presse, June 6, 2003.