Incident Summary:

10/24/2007: One Israeli soldier and one Israeli civilian were wounded and five cars were damaged when an al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade (Al-Fatah) perpetrator emerged from a parked blue van 150 meters from a bus stop and sprayed the area with small arms (automatic rifle) fire before entering the vehicle again, whereupon it drove away and the shooter fired on five moving vehicles, wounding the civilian. This took place late in the morning near Ariel, West Bank (Occupied Territories), Palestine. The perpetrator was not apprehended.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Ariel

Location Details:
At a bus stop near Ariel.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Army
Specific Description Soldier near Ariel.
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Israeli civilians
Specific Description Civilians near Ariel.
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack in an unspecified manner. Israeli forces found the van torched in an abandoned olive grove near Jamma'in in the afternoon. The perpetrators may have intended to scuttle the concurrent Annapolis Summit.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
Rebecca Anna Stoil, “Fatah terrorists wound two in Samaria shooting spree,” Jerusalem Post, October 25, 2007.
“2 Israelis hurt in West Bank drive-by shooting, said linked to Annapolis Summit,” Israel Television Channel 1, October 24, 2007.
Steven Erlanger, “Israeli court rules on special-year food,” International Herald Tribune, October 25, 2007.