Incident Summary:

06/11/2007: Husam Abu Kainas, a Palestinian civilian and HAMAS supporter, was kidnapped by an unknown number of suspected al-Fatah perpetrators with unknown weapons in Gaza, 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


Attack Information
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 Husam Abu Kainas
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Kainas was thrown from the 12th floor of an office building in Gaza City.
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 Kainas was thrown from the 12th floor of an office building in Gaza City the next day, possibly in retaliation for the defenestration of an al-Fatah supporter by HAMAS on June 10.
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
Khaled Abu Toameh, “Bloody battles spread to Gaza hospitals,” Jerusalem Post, June 12, 2007.
Sarah El Deeb, “17 killed in Palestinian infighting,” Associated Press Online, June 11, 2007.
“Deadly factional clashes flare again in Gaza,” Agence France Presse, June 11, 2007.