Incident Summary:

12/16/2005: Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank’s Hebron Hills killed an Israeli man and wounded two other women in a drive by shooting. Fatah and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the attack.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Israeli settlers
Specific Description Israeli Settlers in the Hebron Hills, West Bank
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The attackers were said to be 'gunmen' and the victims were 'shot.'
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 Ra'anan Gissin, as adviser to Prime Miniter of Israel Ariel Sharon, linked the attack to the ongoing Palestinian election campaign. An IDF brigade headquarters was located near the attack location.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Jonathan Lis, “Israeli Shot Dead in W. Bank Shooting, Aide Links Attack to PA Election Campaign,” Aviv Ha'aretz, December 16, 2005.