Incident Summary:

08/19/2020: Security forces opened fire on assailants attempting to target Israeli vehicles with incendiary devices near Deir Abu Mashaal, West Bank, West Bank and Gaza Strip. One assailant was killed and two were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Palestinian extremists.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Deir Abu Mashaal

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails and lit tires 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 2
"Palestinian shot, killed after attempted IED attack - IDF," Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2020.
"Terrorist Shot and Killed while Attacking Israeli Motorists," Jewish Press, August 20, 2020.
"Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank, military says he was planning attack," Reuters UK, August 20, 2020.