Incident Summary:

05/14/2008: On Wednesday, in Ashqelon, Southern District, Israel, assailants fired a rocket at a community, wounding and sending into shock at least 60 civilians and at least two children, and damaging Hutzot shopping mall and a women's clinic in the mall. No motive was reported and Al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, Al-Quds Brigades, Jihad Jibril Brigades and Popular Resistance Committees claimed separate responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
In Ashkelon.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Hutzot shopping mall
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
One rocket was used in the attack.
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 most recent available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 15 to 62, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Conqueror Army (suspected) Al Nasser Salah Al Din Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) (suspected) al-Quds Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (suspected) Jihad Jibril Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 62 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 62
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Time, "Gaza Rocket Rocks Bush's Israel Trip," Time, May 14, 2008,,8599,1779536,00.html.
BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Multiple Casualties Reported in Rocket Attack on Israel's Ashqelon," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Middle East, May 14, 2008.
National Counterterrorism Center, "At Least Sixty Civilians, At Least Two Children Wounded in Rocket Attack in Ashqelon, Southern District, Israel," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 27, 2010.