Davidka Square bus bombing
|Jerusalem bus 14A attack|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Date||June 11, 2003|
|Deaths||17 civilians (+ 1 bomber)|
|approximately 100 civilians|
|Perpetrators||Hamas claimed responsibility|
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
At about 17:30 pm on Wednesday, June 11, 2003, a Palestinian suicide bomber dressed as an Orthodox Jew, boarded bus 14a at the Mahane Yehuda market bus stop on Jaffa Road. At Davidka Square, the bomber detonated his explosive device, which contained a large quantity of metal shrapnel designed to cause maximum casualties.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the attack was an act of vengeance for the Israeli assassination attempt on the senior Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi on Tuesday, June 10, 2003. Rantisi survived the assassination attempt during which Israeli helicopters fired missiles at his car.
Shortly after the bus attack, Israel launched a counter attack in east Gaza in which Israeli helicopters fired rockets at a moving car carrying among others two seniors of the Hamas military arm. All of the car's 6 passengers were killed in the counterattack.
- Involved parties
- Palestinian National Authority - Yasser Arafat condemned the attack and urged Arabs and Israelis alike to stop the violence.
- USA – US President George Bush condemned the attack and urged all nations to cut off financial assistance to terrorists and "isolate those who hate so much that they are willing to kill."
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