Matzuva attack

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Matzuva attack
Part of the Second Intifada militancy campaign
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The attack site
LocationNear kibbutz Matzuva, Israel
Coordinates33°03′47.78″N 35°09′00.20″E / 33.0632722°N 35.1500556°E / 33.0632722; 35.1500556
DateMarch 12, 2002
Attack type
Ambush, Shooting attack
Deaths5 Israeli civilians and 1 Israeli soldier (+2 attackers)
1 Israeli civilian
PerpetratorsIslamic Jihad claimed responsibility

The Matzuva attack was a terrorist attack on March 12, 2002 in which two Islamic Jihad militants who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon opened fire on civilian vehicles traveling on the Shlomi-Matzuva road. Six Israelis were killed in the attack and one injured.[1]

The attack[edit]

On March 12, 2002 two Islamic Jihad militants crossed the border, reached a mountain overlooking the Shlomi-Matzuva road, and began firing small arms and throwing hand grenades at vehicles traveling on the road, including a civilian commuter bus.

Five Israeli civilians and an Israeli army officer were killed and a member of Kibbutz Matzuva was injured.

The attackers were killed in battle with Israeli security forces.


The perpetrators[edit]

Initially Israeli intelligence officials believed that the attack was organized by Hezbollah, although Hezbollah did not confirm this.[8] Following the signing of the trade agreement between Lebanon and the European Union in 2002, Hezbollah had agreed not to commit any attacks across the international border between Israel and Lebanon. In 2004, Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack. In May 2006, Mahmoud al-Majzoub, leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad at that time, was blown up in his car in Sidon. There were speculations that the hit was a response to the 2002 Matzuva attack, but Israel has not taken responsibility for al-Majzoub's death.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greenberg, Joel (2002-03-14). "Fatal Attack Shatters Israeli Border Town's Calm". Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  2. ^ Lynne Livne
  3. ^ Lt German Rojyakov
  4. ^ Yehudit Cohen<
  5. ^ Alexei Kotman
  6. ^ Ofer Kanerik
  7. ^ Atara Livne
  8. ^ Fatal Attack Shatters Israeli Border Town's Calm, New York Times, 14 March 2002

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