Incident Summary:

03/02/2020: An assailant in a vehicle in Syria attempted to open fire on Israeli soldiers in Golan Heights, Israel. The assailant was killed by Israeli security forces. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Syrian Resistance Forces to Liberate Golan Heights and Hezbollah.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Golan Heights

Golan Heights

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) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been carried out by the Syrian Arab Armed Forces (SAAF).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah No
Syrian Resistance Forces to Liberate Golan Heights No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hezbollah and Syrian Army Behind Election Day Attack in Golan, IDF Investigation Finds," Jewish Press, March 18, 2020.
"IDF says it stopped sniper attack on election day," UPI, March 2, 2020.
"Israel Targets Vehicle in Syrian Golan Heights After Attempted Sniper Attack: Army," US News & World Report, March 2, 2020.