Incident Summary:

06/08/2003: Three Palestinians disguised an Israel Defence Forces base near the Erez border separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. The gunmen killed four Israelis and injured four others. The militants were shot and killed in the ensuing firefight with Israeli soldiers. HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
This incident occurred at an Israeli military base near the Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Defence Forces (IDF)
Specific Description An Israeli military base near the Erez border crossing in the northern 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
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
Additional Information The attack came only days after Abbas asked for a ceasefire that would allow peace talks between Palestinians and Israel to continue.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Alissa Rubin, “The World; 8 Israelis Wounded in Palestinian Attack; As many as four feared dead; attackers are slain. Incident is likely to set back peace process,” Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2003.
Sanjay Gupta and Jerrold Kessel, “Palestinian Gunmen Kill 4 Israeli Soldiers,” CNN, June 8, 2003.
“Militant attacks continue, seven dead,” United Press International, June 8, 2003.