Incident Summary:

06/10/2007: Muhammad al-Rafati, a Palestinian civilian HAMAS supporter and imam of the Abbas Mosque, was killed by an unknown number of al-Fatah perpetrators firing small arms at him at his brother’s home in Gaza City, Gaza Strip (Occupied Territories), Palestine. No claim of responsibility was reported.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip

Near Gaza

Location Details:
The home of the brother of Muhammad al-Rafati.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity HAMAS supporter
Specific Description Muhammad al-Rafati
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Small arms.
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 perpetrators forced entry to the home looking for Ala’a al-Rafati, who was not home, and then took Muhammad’s son hostage after he barricaded himself in a bedroom. He surrendered himself and was subsequently tortured and shot.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Adal Zaanoun, “Gaza plunges into new bout of factional violence,” Agence France Presse, June 11, 2007.
Taghreed El-Khodary and Isabel Kershner, “9 die in fierce Palestinian factional fighting,” New York Times, June 12, 2007.
“Two killed, seven wounded as Gaza infighting renews,” Xinhua General News Service, June 10, 2007.