Incident Summary:

11/04/2020: An assailant opened fire on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) checkpoint in Hativa Square, Nablus, West Bank. The assailant was killed in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Bilal Adnan Rawajbeh, a captain in the Palestinian Authority Preventive Security Forces.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Nablus

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Hativa Square.

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 Huwara Military Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A pistol 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) 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 was perpetrated by a member of the Palestinian Authority Preventive Security Forces. However, it was unclear whether he was acting in a state capacity.
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 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
"Terrorist attack neutralized near Nablus in the West Bank, IDF reports," Jerusalem Post, November 4, 2020.
"Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian near West Bank Checkpoint," Palestine Chronicle, November 4, 2020.
"Israeli army says West Bank shooting attack thwarted, suspect killed," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, November 4, 2020.