Karni border crossing attack

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Karni border crossing attack
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
LocationKarni Crossing, Southern District, Israel
DateJanuary 13, 2005
Circa 22:45 pm (GMT+2)
Attack type
Shooting attack
Weapons200 pound Explosive device,[1] hand grenades, AK-47 rifles
Deaths6 (+ 3 attackers)
PerpetratorsHamas, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility

The Karni border crossing attack was a suicide bombing which occurred on January 13, 2005, at the pedestrian/cargo terminal Karni Crossing located on the Israeli Gaza Strip barrier. Six Israeli civilians were killed in the attack and five Israelis were injured in the attack.

Hamas, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

The attack[edit]

On Thursday, January 13, 2005, at around 22:45 pm, a squad of three Palestinians militants armed with AK-47s and hand grenades, parked a truck loaded with a 200-pound explosive device,[1] on the Palestinian side of the fence near an iron door that separates the Israeli and Palestinian sides at the Karni Crossing checkpoint. At 22:45 pm the squad detonated the explosives which created a hole through the iron door. Immediately afterwards the militants penetrated into the Israeli side of the Karni crossing through the hole in the iron door. The militant squad threw grenades and fired their assault weapons at the Israeli civilians on the site.[2]

During the attack the Palestinian militant squad managed to kill 6 Israeli civilians (truck drivers and workers of the Port Authority) and in addition managed to injure five Israeli civilians.[3]

The following exchange of fire between the Israeli soldiers stationed at the site and the Palestinian militants resulted in the killing of all three attackers.[3]


The perpetrators[edit]

Three Palestinian militant groups claimed joint responsibility for the attack, including Hamas, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the Popular Resistance Committees.[9]

After the attack, Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, stated to the press that "the attack is a continuation of the resistance".[9]

Official reactions[edit]

Involved parties

 Israel: Israeli officials stated that "The prime minister has ordered suspension of all contacts with Palestinian Authority representatives and the closure of all Gaza terminals until real steps are taken against terrorist acts".[10]

 Palestinian National Authority: Newly elected President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack.[11]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "After attack, Israel cuts Abbas contact". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Terrorist attack at Karni crossing thwarted by IDF forces". GxMSDev. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "BBC NEWS - Middle East - Deadly attack rocks Gaza crossing". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Murdered on his birthday, Jerusalem Post
  5. ^ Ofer Tiri
  6. ^ Dror Gizri
  7. ^ Ivan Shmilov
  8. ^ Herzl Shlomo
  9. ^ a b "Five dead, 10 wounded in Gaza attack". The New Zealand Herald. Reuters. January 14, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "CNN.com - Sharonsuspends contactswith Palestinian Authority - Jan 14, 2005". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Sharon drops peace dialogue / He won't talk with Palestinian leader until those behind attack on Israelis are caught". SFGate. Retrieved 13 December 2014.

Coordinates: 31°28′31″N 34°28′41″E / 31.4753°N 34.4781°E / 31.4753; 34.4781