Incident Summary:

07/14/2017: Three assailants opened fire on Israeli police officers at the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem, West Bank. At least five people, including the three assailants and two police officers, were killed and three police officers were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Arab-Israeli extremists and suspected that the attack may have been related to heightened security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sources also suspected that the assailants may have belonged to the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement (Israel).



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Lion's Gate at Temple Mount in the Old City.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israel Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Handguns were 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 Hail Stawi and Kamil Shanan. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Arab-Israeli extremists No
Islamic Movement (Israel) (suspected) Northern Branch No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"In Jerusalem, Gunmen Stage Brazen Attack Near Temple Mount," New York Times, July 14, 2017.
"Hamas: Temple Mount attack 'natural response to Israeli terrorism'," Jerusalem Post, July 14, 2017.
"Developing: Shooting attack at Jerusalem's Temple Mount; 3 injured," Jerusalem Post, July 14, 2017.