Incident Summary:

07/16/2004: Members of the Jenin Martyrs Brigades abducted Ghazi Jabali, the head of Gaza’s police force. The perpetrators abducted Jabali from his convoy as it moved along a Gaza road injuring two of the senior officer’s security personnel. Once abducted, the perpetrators took Jabali to the Buraig refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and paraded him through the streets accusing him of corruption. The abductors released Jabali after about 2 hours unharmed.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the refugee camp

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Gaza Police Force
Specific Description Ghazi Jabali, Head of Gaza's police force
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 While parading Jabali through the streets, the perpetrators fired guns into the air. The Palestinian Authority played a part in negotiating Jabali's release.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jenin Martyrs Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
John Ward Anderson, “Head of Gaza Police Kidnapped By Gunmen and Paraded in Streets; Chief Accused of Corruption as Palestinian Fissure Grows,” The Washington Post, July 17, 2004.
“Palestinian police chief briefly abducted in corruption protest,” Channel NewsAsia, July 16, 2004.