Incident Summary:

02/19/2020: Assailants in Gaza Strip opened fire on Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border in Southern, Israel. One assailant was injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Sniper rifles 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"IDF attacks Islamic Jihad snipers near Khan Yunis who shot at soldiers," The Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2020.
"IDF Fires at Islamic Jihad Snipers after Coming Under Attack," Jewish Press, February 19, 2020.
"Islamic Jihad Snipers Fire on IDF Soldiers," World Jewish Daily, February 20, 2020.