2004 Erez Crossing bombing
|Erez Crossing bombing|
|Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign|
|Location||Erez Crossing, Southern District, Israel|
|Date||January 14, 2004|
|Deaths||4 soldiers and security personnel (+ 1 bomber)|
|Perpetrators||Hamas and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility|
The Erez Crossing bombing was a suicide bombing which occurred on January 14, 2004 at the pedestrian/cargo terminal Erez Crossing located on the Israeli Gaza Strip barrier. Four Israelis were killed in the attack. 10 people, including four Palestinians, were injured in the attack.
On Wednesday, 14 January 2004, around 9:30 am, a female Palestinian suicide bomber, approached the pedestrian/cargo terminal Erez Crossing (the main crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip where Israeli security forces tend to perform routine security checks to the Palestinian workers before they are allowed to enter Israel).
The suicide bomber was faking a limp and she told the security guards at the site that she had a metal plate in her leg which would most likely trigger the alarm. As a result, a female soldier was sent to check her. As the suicide bomber was waiting for the arrival of the female soldier, she managed to infiltrate into the inspection hall, and detonated the hidden explosive device which was concealed on her body.
- Staff Sergeant Tzur Or, 20, of Rishon Lezion
- Corporal Andrei Kegeles, 19, of Nahariya
- Gal Shapira, 29, of Ashkelon
- Staff Sergeant Vladimir Trostinsky, 22, of Rehovot
Hamas and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack. Hamas spokesman stated that the suicide bomber was a 22-year-old Palestinian mother of two named Reem al-Reyashi who originated from Gaza.
In addition, after the attack a video of the suicide bomber, which was filmed before the attack, was published in which al-Reyashi was wearing combat fatigues and holding an automatic rifle with a rocket-propelled grenade in the foreground. In the video al-Riyashi said that since age 13 she had dreamed of turning "my body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists".
She continued: "I always wanted to be the first woman to carry out a martyrdom operation, where parts of my body can fly all over ... God has given me two children. I love them [with] a kind of love that only God knows, but my love to meet God is stronger still."
- Female suicide bomber kills at least 4 Israelis - published on CNN on January 14, 2004
- Gaza attack kills four Israelis - published on BBC News on January 14, 2004
- Female suicide bomber kills four - published on The Age on January 15, 2004
- 'I always wanted to be first woman martyr' - published on Independent Online on January 15, 2004
- Woman bomber kills four in Israel - published on The Daily Telegraph on January 14, 2004
- "CNN.com - Female suicide bomber kills at least 4 Israelis - Jan. 14, 2004". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Martyr mother orphans toddlers". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Erez Crossing
- "BBC NEWS - Middle East - Gaza attack kills four Israelis". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- St-Sgt Zur Or
- Cpl Andrei Kegeles
- Gal Shapira
- Border Policeman St-Sgt Vladimir Trostinsky
- 'It was my wish to turn my body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists'
- "Hamas leader:Jihad is an imperative for women too". Haaretz.com. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2014.