Incident Summary:

03/17/2019: An assailants stabbed a soldier and stole his firearm near Ariel Junction, West Bank. The assailant then shot and killed the soldier, identified as Gal Keidan, before opening fire on three passing vehicles at the junction. One civilian, identified as Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, was shot and later died in one of the vehicles. The assailant then stole the vehicle and drove to Gitai Avishar Junction, where he shot and injured another soldier. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred near Ariel Junction.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Soldier: Staff Sargeant Gal Keidan
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Alexander Dvorsky
Nationality of Target Moldova
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Oz and Emunah Yeshiva
Specific Description Rabbi: Aihad Ettinger
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A firearm and a knife 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Shin Bet: Dozens of Palestinian faction members arrested for planning West Bank terror attacks," Haaretz, December 18, 2019.
"Israeli Soldier Killed in Attack Near to West Bank Settlement," Latin American Herald Tribune, March 18, 2019.
"Israel: Second Victim of 17 March West Bank Terror Attack Dies, IDF Detains Suspect's Relatives," The Jerusalem Post Online, March 18, 2019.