Incident Summary:

08/17/2020: Security forces opened fire on an assailant attempting to throw a Molotov cocktail at Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, West Bank, West Bank and Gaza Strip. The assailant was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to a Palestinian extremist.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Location Details:
The incident occurred near Rachel's Tomb.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Rachel's Tomb
Specific Description Religious Shrine
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A Molotov cocktail was 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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 thwarts attempted attack near Rachel's Tomb," Jerusalem Post, August 16, 2020.
"IDF Thwarts Terrorist Attack on Rachel’s Tomb, Attacks Hamas Observation Posts,", August 17, 2020.
"IDF thwarts firebombing attempt in Bethlehem," United News of India, August 17, 2020.