Incident Summary:

06/12/2014: Assailants abducted Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah, all teenagers from Israel, in Gush Etzion area, West Bank, West Bank and Gaza Strip. The bodies of Fraenkel, a dual Israeli-United States (US) citizen, Shaer, and Yifrah were discovered on June 30, 2014. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) claimed responsibility for the attack.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Alon Shvut

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 1
Days of Kidnapping 18
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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 Other groups, including Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and Dawlat al-Islam, also claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade stated that the boys would only be returned in exchange for the release of thousands of prisoners. Separately, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) distributed a pamphlet in its name stating that it kidnapped the boys to support Palestinian detainees as well as to avenge its dead comrades. Alternatively, Dawlat al-Islam stated that they had kidnapped the boys in retribution for Israel killing three group members several months prior.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israel Gaza raid kills Palestinian militant over rocket fire," Agence France Presse -- English, June 29, 2014.
"Israeli authorities name suspects in teens' kidnapping," CNN, June 26, 2014.
"Mom speaks out on three abducted teens," CNN, June 15, 2014.