Incident Summary:

06/13/2007: Twenty-one Palestinians were killed and 88 others were wounded when an unknown number of HAMAS perpetrators laid siege to the headquarters of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service with small arms and mortars in Gaza City, Gaza Strip (Occupied Territories), Palestine. Reports suggested the perpetrators had seized roads leading to the site and nearby rooftops in a bid to topple the Fatah-led government. Seven of the casualties occurred when the defenders surrendered the position on June 14 and were led out by the perpetrators, who executed at least seven security personnel in the street. Reports did not otherwise disambiguate perpetrator casualties from victim casualties. No claim of responsibility was reported.

GTD ID:
200706130055

When:
2007-06-13

Country:
West Bank and Gaza Strip

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip

City:
Gaza

Location Details:
At the headquarters of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Palestinian law enforcement
Specific Description Palestinian Preventive Security Service
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Small arms and mortars.
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 Reports suggested the perpetrators had seized roads leading to the site and nearby rooftops in a bid to topple the Fatah-led government. The casualties occurred when the defenders surrendered the position on June 14 and were led out by the perpetrators, who executed at least seven security personnel in the street.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
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
Diaa Hadid, “Hamas overruns Fatah security compound,” Associated Press Online, June 14, 2007.
“2nd roundup: Hamas fights Fatah for control over security compounds,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 13, 2007.
“5 killed in gas station explosion, al-Qassam attacking Fatah leaders’ homes,” WAFA (Gaza), June 14, 2007.