Incident Summary:

01/08/2017: An assailant drove a truck into a group of off-duty Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers visiting the Tayelet in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, Jerusalem, West Bank. At least four soldiers, including two United States citizens, were killed and 17 other soldiers were injured in the assault. The assailant, identified as Fadi al-Qunbar, was shot and killed after backing the vehicle up and ramming the crowd a second time. The Groups of Martyr Baha Eleyan claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also suspected that the incident may have been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Armon Hanatziv area of East Jerusalem.

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 Soldiers: Erez Orbach, Yael Yekutiel, Shir Hajaj
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)
Weapon Details
A truck 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 The victims included Shira Tzur.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Groups of Martyr Baha Eleyan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Obscure Palestinian Group Claims Jerusalem Truck Ramming Attack," New York Times, January 9, 2017.
"Netanyahu links Jeruslaem attack to IS. Israeli media calls him out," Middle East Eye, January 10, 2017.
"Israeli Soldier Killed in Jerusalem Truck Attack Was US Citizen," ABC News, January 9, 2017.