2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing

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2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing
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The attack site

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The attack site
Location "Rosh Ha'ir" shawarma restaurant, Tel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates 32°3′34.62″N 34°46′42.42″E / 32.0596167°N 34.7784500°E / 32.0596167; 34.7784500
Date April 17, 2006
Attack type
suicide attack
Deaths 11 civilians (+ 1 bomber)
Non-fatal injuries
70 civilians
Perpetrators Islamic Jihad

The 2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing was a suicide bombing on April 17, 2006 at "Rosh Ha'ir" shawarma restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eleven people were killed in the attack and 70 were injured. The Palestinian Islamist militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack[edit]

On Monday, April 17, 2006, around 1:30 pm, a Palestinian suicide bomber approached a crowded fast food restaurant near the old Tel Aviv Central Bus Station in the southern part of the Neve Shaanan neighborhood. The suicide bomber blew himself up when the security guard stationed at the entrance to the restaurant asked him to open his bag for inspection.

The blast killed 11 people and injured more than 70. Two of the victims died on arrival at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. Of the wounded, six were seriously hurt, 12 sustained moderate wounds, while the rest were lightly injured.


The perpetrators[edit]

Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as Sami Salim Hamad, an Islamic Jihad activist from the village of Qabatiya in the West Bank.

After the attack the Islamic Jihad published a video tape in which the militant organization stated that the attack was carried out by the 21-year-old Palestinian Sami Salim Hammad from the village of Araqah, who infiltrated into Israel from the West Bank.

Official reactions[edit]

Involved parties


  • Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Gideon Meir stated that Israel held Hamas responsible for the attacks, accusing the Hamas of "giving support to all the other terrorist organizations".[12]

 Palestinian territories:

  •  United States: The Bush administration has strongly criticized the attacks, calling it "a despicable act of terror for which there is no excuse or justification."[15]

U.S. Court ruling on case[edit]

The family of Daniel Wultz won a case in May 2012 in a U.S. District Court against Iran and Syria for their supporting "Palestinian militants" in this suicide bombing attack. The amount of the judgement was for $323,000,000 and represented the first time that a U.S. court issued a judgement against Syria for terror related activities.[16]

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