Incident Summary:

11/22/2016: Assailants set a number of fires in Haifa, Israel. At least 100 people were injured and several buildings were damaged in the blazes that continued until November 26, 2016. This was one of two related arson attacks in the area on this date. Ma'sadat al-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources doubted the veracity of this claim.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Haifa City
Specific Description City
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ma'sadat al-Mujahideen (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israel fires: Al-Qaeda linked Palestinian militant group 'claims responsibility' for devastating Haifa blaze; Militants offer no proof of 'questionable' claim as firefighters continue to battle flames," The Independent, November 25, 2016."
"Haifa Residents Try to Get Back to Normal in a Torched City," Haaretz, November 26, 2016."
"Israeli Officials Pointing to Arson as Wildfires Rage for a Third Day," The New York Times, November 25, 2016."