2001 Immanuel bus attack

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Not to be confused with 2002 Immanuel bus attack.
2001 Immanuel bus attack
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
Location Immanuel, West Bank
Date 12 December 2001
Attack type
Ambush, Mass murder, spree killing, Bombing, Shooting attack
Weapons AK-47 rifles, hand grenades, a roadside bomb
Deaths 11 Israeli civilians
Non-fatal injuries
30 Israeli civilians
Perpetrators al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades

The 2001 Immanuel bus attack was an ambush attack by Palestinian militants targeting Israeli civilians on 12 December 2001. Eleven passengers were killed in the attack and 30 were injured.

The Palestinian Islamist militant organization al-Qassam Brigades[1] claimed responsibility for the attack.[2]

The attack[edit]

On 12 December 2001, three armed Palestinians militants planted a roadside bomb beside the road leading to the Jewish settlement of Immanuel. After placing two roadside bombs, the assailants ambushed a bus on its way from Bnei Brak.[3]

Soon after, a non-armoured[4] Dan bus line 189, en route to Immanuel from Bnei Brak, approached the site as two roadside bombs exploded.[3][5] The bus, which was greatly damaged in the explosions,[4] continued to drive several hundred meters until it was immobilized. Immediately after the bus was immobilized, one of the militants approached the bus, threw hand grenades into the bus, and fired small arms on the passengers of the bus and at the vehicles arriving at the site, while the passengers attempted to flee the bus.[4][5] The passengers of three other vehicles traveling on this road at that time were also affected.[citation needed]

Army and police forces arrived at the scene soon afterwards and a firefight erupted. A long exchange of fire ended with the killing of the perpetrators.[citation needed]

11 people were killed in the attack and about 30 were injured.[citation needed]

Fatalities[edit]

  • Yair Amar, 13, of Immanuel [6]
  • Esther Avraham, 42, of Immanuel [7]
  • Border Police Chief Warrant Officer Yoel Bienenfeld, 35, of Moshav Tel Shahar[8]
  • Moshe Gutman, 40, of Immanuel [9]
  • Avraham Nahman Nitzani, 17, of Betar Illit[10]
  • Yirmiyahu Salem, 48, of Immanuel [11]
  • Israel Sternberg, 46, of Immanuel [12]
  • David Tzarfati, 38, of Ginot Shomron[13]
  • Hananya Tzarfati, 32, of Kfar Saba[14]
  • Ya'akov Tzarfati, 64, of Kfar Saba[15]
  • Haim Chiprot, 52, of Immanuel – injured in the attack, died of his wounds on 25 March 2002.[16]

Official reactions[edit]

Involved parties

 Israel:

  • Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said, "We hold the Palestinian authorities responsible for the activities of these terrorist group who operate in full daylight and in the full knowledge of the Palestinian Authority and continue their deadly attacks against civilian men, women and children".[17]

 Palestinian territories:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1st Immanuel bus attack". 
  2. ^ Independent Newspapers Online. "Bus ambush brings carnage back to Israel". Independent Online. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Terrorist attack on bus at Emmanuel - 12-Dec-2001
  4. ^ a b c Independent Newspapers Online. "Bus ambush brings carnage back to Israel". Independent Online. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "מצב פצועים: הבוקר מאושפזים 27 פצועים, 3 קשה, 5 בינוני - וואלה! חדשות". וואלה! חדשות. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Yair Amar". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Esther Avraham". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chief Warrant Officer Yoel Bienenfeld". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Moshe Gutman". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Avraham Nahman Nitzani". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Yirmiyahu Salem". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Israel Sternberg". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "David Tzarfati". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hananya Tzarfati". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ya-akov Tzarfati". GxMSDev. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Haim Chiprot
  17. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bangor Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 16 December 2014.