Incident Summary:

06/16/2017: Two assailants opened fire and attempted to stab border police officers near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, West Bank. The two assailants were killed and four people, including three civilians and a police officer, were injured in the ensuing clash. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Jerusalem on this date. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) jointly claimed responsibility for the incidents. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) issued a separate claim of responsibility; however, Israeli and Palestinian officials doubted the veracity of this claim.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Old City near the Damascus Gate.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israeli Border Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
An automatic firearm and knives were used in the attack.
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 Sources also attributed the attack to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIS claims responsibility for Jerusalem attack," Jerusalem Post, June 16, 2017.
"Old City attacker's uncle distances family from," Ynet News, June 19, 2017.
"Palestinians dismiss IS claim of Israel policewoman killing," DAWN Group, June 18, 2017.