Incident Summary:

06/01/2007: Hassan al-Bazam, a Palestinian HAMAS supporter and bodyguard for Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, was abducted by an unknown number of suspected Force 17 (al-Fatah) perpetrators carrying small arms and riding in two cars as he walked toward the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, Gaza Strip (Occupied Territory), Palestine. Al-Bazam alleges he was beaten with rifles and clubs, burned with candles and cigarettes, forced to curse God and Muhammad, had his beard and eyebrows shaved, had a '17' shaved into his head, had gunshots fired between his legs, and was ordered to give his captors names of HAMAS activities before being released seven hours later at an unspecified location in Gaza. Fatah denied involvement in the attack.

GTD ID:
200706010043

When:
2007-06-01

Country:
West Bank and Gaza Strip

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip

City:
Gaza

Location Details:
The Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity HAMAS supporter and bodyguard for Palestinian Prime Minister
Specific Description Hassan al-Bazam
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 7
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 Al-Bazam alleges he was beaten with rifles and clubs, burned with candles and cigarettes, forced to curse God and Muhammad, had his beard and eyebrows shaved, had a '17' shaved into his head, had gunshots fired between his legs, and was ordered to give his captors names of HAMAS activities before being released seven hours later at an unspecified location in Gaza. al-Fatah denied involvement in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
Sources
Khaled Abu Toameh, "PA battles rage anew. Haniyeh's kidnapped bodyguard: even the Jews did not do such cruel things to us," Jerusalem Post, June 8, 2007.
Steven Erlanger, "Palestinian Premier urges end to factional clashes," New York Times, June 9, 2007.