Netzarim Junction bicycle bombing

Netzarim Junction bicycle bombing
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The attack site
Location Netzarim Junction, Gaza Strip
Date 11 November 1994 (UTC+2)
Attack type Suicide attack
Death(s) 3 Israeli soldiers (+ 1 bomber)
Injured 6 Israeli soldiers and 6 Palestinian Arabs
Perpetrator(s) Lone Palestinian Arab assailant (Hisham Ismail Hamad). Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility

The Netzarim Junction bicycle bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on November 11, 1994 at a Israeli Army checkpoint located in the Gaza Strip. In the attack, three Israeli soldiers were killed and six Israeli soldiers and six Palestinian Arab were wounded.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The attack

On Friday, November 11, 1994 a Palestinian Arab cyclist detonated explosives strapped to his body as he rode his bicycle into an Israeli Army checkpoint. Apart from the bomber, the blast killed three Israeli soldiers, all officers on reserve duty, and wounded twelve other people – six Israeli servicemen and six Palestinian Arabs, including members of a family that happened to be passing in a car.[1]

The attack occurred close to the then Israeli settlement of Netzarim, at the main junction of Gaza Strip's north-south highway.[2]

Fatalities

The following people died in the attack:[3]

  • Capt. Yehazkel Sapir, 36, of Kfar Sava[4]
  • Lt. Yotam Rahat, 31, of Tel-Aviv[5]
  • Capt. Elad Dror, 24, of Kibbutz Nahshon[6]

The perpetrators

A leaflet that was later distributed by Islamic Jihad identified the bomber as Hisham Ismail Hamad, 21, of Gaza City's Sheik Radwan neighborhood.[2]

Aftermath

Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat condemned the attack, through an aide.[2] Following the attack, the Palestinian police raided scores of houses and a mosque and arrested more than 100 Islamic militants in a crackdown ordered as a result of the killing of the three Israeli soldiers.[1]

While apparently initiating a tougher policy against Muslim militants, leaders of the Palestinian self-rule authority denounced Netzarim and the other settlement in the Gaza Strip. "Netzarim has been a sore point," said Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator. Another official, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said, "The settlements represent a time bomb, and we think that in order to overcome many difficulties on the security level, this issue must be resolved, and resolved soon".[1]

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