Incident Summary:

12/26/2015: An assailant ran over an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier at the checkpoint in Hawara, West Bank. The assailant was killed and at least one soldier was wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identified the assailant, Maher al-Jabi, as a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
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 Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspect shot after targeting soldier in West Bank car ramming attack," Jerusalem Post, December 26, 2015.
"Soldier Lightly Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack," Haaretz, December 27, 2015.
"Israeli Soldier Lightly Wounded in Palestinian Car-Ramming Attack; Assailant Shot, Severely Injured," OSC Summary, December 26, 2015.