Incident Summary:

11/19/2015: An assailant opened fire on cars in Gush Etzion area, West Bank. Three people, including a United States citizen, were killed and five people, including the assailant, were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Abed al Basset Harub, a Palestinian extremist.

GTD ID:
201511190002

When:
2015-11-19

Country:
West Bank and Gaza Strip

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

West Bank

City:
Alon Shvut

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Yaakov Don
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Shadi Arafa
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An Uzi submachine gun 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 victims included Ezra Shwartz. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Sources
"Terrorist kills three, wounds several in Gush Etzion attack," Ynet News, November 19, 2015."
"One dead, 8 wounded in West Bank gun, car attack: police, army," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, November 19, 2015."
"Five dead in Palestinian attacks in Tel Aviv, West Bank: Israel," Reuters, November 20, 2015."