Incident Summary:

07/20/2014: Assailants attacked an Israeli armored personnel carrier in Tufa neighborhood, Gaza city, West Bank and Gaza Strip. Seven soldiers, including two with United States citizenship, were killed in the attack. The body of one of the soldiers listed as killed in the incident was reported missing after the attack. The assailants claimed to have abducted the soldier, but the Israeli government denied the abduction occurred. Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) claimed responsibility for the incident.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Tufa neighborhood

Attack Information
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 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
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
A rocket propelled grenade 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades claimed that they had also kidnapped a soldier (Oron Sha'ul) during the incident and were holding him captive. However, this claim was never verified, and other sources claimed Sha'ul had been killed during the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israel soldier 'kidnapped' by Hamas is dead: army," The Daily Star Online, July 22, 2014.
"Two Lone Soldiers from U.S. Among the 13 Israelis Who Fell in Gaza," Five Towns Jewish Times, July 21, 2014.
"No Israeli soldier kidnapped in Gaza, says Israel's UN envoy," India Today, July 21, 2014.