Incident Summary:

09/21/2012: Assailants, including suicide bombers, snuck across the border from Egypt into Israel and attacked a group of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers in Har Harif area, Southern, Israel. In the ensuing battle, three attackers and one IDF soldier was killed and one IDF soldier injured. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that it was in revenge for a movie made in the United States that insulted the Prophet Muhammad.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Har Harif

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Explosive belts were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The deceased soldier was identified as Netanel Yahalomi. The perpetrators were identified as Baha zaqzuq, Ahmed Waji, and Awf. At least one of the attackers detonated an explosives belt.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israeli Soldier Killed as Border Is Breached, Reviving Worries on Sinai Lawlessness," The New York Times, September 22, 2012.
"Three militants, Israeli soldier dead after border firefight," CNN Wire, September 21, 2012.
"Sinai Salafi group says it was behind deadly attack. Gantz: Egyptian border will continue challenging us even after fence is complete," Jerusalem Post, September 24, 2012.