Incident Summary:

09/22/2013: A sniper opened fire on Sergeant Gal Kobi, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier, at a festival near the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron city, West Bank and Gaza Strip. Kobi was killed as a result of the attack. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Ahrar Al-Jalil (Free People of the Galilee) both claimed responsibility for the incident.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Soldier: Sergeant Gal Kobi
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A sniper rifle 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar Al-Jalil (Free People of the Galilee) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Special Units Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Israeli soldier wounded in Hebron shooting: police," Agence France Presse -- English, September 22, 2013.
"Israeli soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron," GlobalPost, September 24, 2013.
"Funeral for Israel soldier killed in Hebron," Reuters UK, September 23, 2013.