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Attacks since start of Al Aqsa intifada

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Paramedics carry away a wounded Israeli soldier after violence erupted at a Jerusalem holy site in September 2000
Paramedics carry away a wounded Israeli soldier after violence erupted at a Jerusalem holy site in September 2000  


(CNN) -- The current Palestinian intifada can be traced to September 28, 2000, when Ariel Sharon -- then an Israeli opposition leader, now Israel's prime minister -- visited an east Jerusalem shrine that is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.

Violence erupted that day between Palestinians, who threw rocks, and Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades.

Several weeks later, after numerous deaths in clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military, Palestinian militants carried out an attack on Israeli civilians for the first time in two years, beginning a wave of terror attacks that has continued unabated.

The following is a chronology of terror attacks against civilians since the start of the current intifada. All references to "suicide bomber" indicate the attacker was killed.

November 2, 2000: Two Israelis were killed and 10 injured in a car bomb explosion near a market in Jerusalem. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel. There are different groups called Islamic Jihad in different Arab countries. They have no connection with each other and there is no coordination or planning among them.

November 20, 2000: A roadside bomb exploded next to a bus carrying children to school in Gaza. Two Israeli adults were killed and nine people -- including five children -- were injured.

November 22, 2000: Two Israelis were killed and 60 were wounded when a car bomb detonated alongside a bus in Hadera, Israel, about 24 miles (40 kilometers) north of Tel Aviv.

2001

January 1, 2001: A car bomb exploded near a bus stop in Netanya, Israel, injuring about 60 people, most lightly. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist organization, has been labeled by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. The group's military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, has admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and well as attacks against the Israeli military.

February 8, 2001: Four people had light injuries when a car bomb exploded in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem.

February 14, 2001: A bus driven by a Palestinian terrorist plowed into a group of soldiers and civilians at a bus stop near Holon, Israel, south of Tel Aviv. Eight people were killed and 25 were injured.

March 1, 2001: One person was killed and nine were injured when a bomber detonated explosives in a taxi in northern Israel.

March 4, 2001: Three people were killed and at least 60 were injured in a suicide bombing in downtown Netanya.

March 27, 2001: A car bomb exploded in an industrial/commercial zone in Jerusalem. Seven people were injured. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. Later in the day, 28 people were injured in a suicide bombing directed at a bus in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for that attack.

March 28, 2001: Two people were killed and four were injured in a suicide bombing at a gas station near an Israel Defense Forces roadblock near Qalqilya, West Bank. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 22, 2001: A suicide bomber killed one person and injured about 60 others at a bus stop in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 23, 2001: Eight people were slightly injured in a car bombing in Tel Aviv.

April 29, 2001: A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb close to a school bus in the West Bank, near Nablus. No one was injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 18, 2001: Five people were killed and more than 100 were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber struck outside a shopping mall in Netanya. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 25, 2001: A car bombing at a bus station in Hadera injured 65 people. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 27, 2001: A car bomb exploded in the center of Jerusalem shortly after midnight. No one was injured. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed esponsibility. About nine hours later, a bomb exploded at a busy intersection in Jerusalem, injuring 30 people. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Twenty-one people were killed and more than 120 were hurt in a June 1, 2001 suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv disco
Twenty-one people were killed and more than 120 were hurt in a June 1, 2001 suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv disco  

The PFLP is a Palestinian militant group that has committed numerous international terrorist attacks and has conducted attacks against Israeli or moderate Arab targets, according to the U.S. State Department. It claimed responsibility for the October 2001 killing of hard-line Israeli Cabinet member Rechavam Ze'evi that triggered a fresh wave of violence in the region. The group rejects anything less than a total Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.

May 30, 2001: Eight people were injured when a car bomb exploded outside a school in Netanya. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 1, 2001: Twenty-one people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a disco in Tel Aviv.

July 2, 2001: Two car bombs exploded in Yehud, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Six people were lightly injured. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 9, 2001: A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up near the Kissufim crossing point in southern Gaza. No one was injured. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 16, 2001: Two Israeli soldiers were killed and 11 people -- several of them civilians -- were wounded by a suicide bomber at a bus stop in Binyamina, halfway between Haifa and Netanya. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

August 9, 2001: Fifteen people were killed and about 130 were injured in a suicide bombing at a pizzeria in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas and Islamic Jihad both claimed responsibility for the attack.

August 12, 2001: A suicide bombing injured 21 people at a cafe in Kiryat Motzkin, a suburb of Haifa. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

August 21, 2001: A bomb exploded underneath a car near the Russian Compound in downtown Jerusalem. One woman was treated for shock. A second bomb was found inside the car and dismantled.

September 4, 2001: Twenty people were injured when a suicide bomber -- disguised in ultra-Orthodox Jewish garb -- blew himself up on a Jerusalem street. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

September 9, 2001: Three people were killed and 90 were injured by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives as passengers were exiting a train station in northern Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Later, a car bomb exploded at a junction near Netanya, injuring 17 people.

October 1, 2001: Several people were lightly wounded by a car bomb explosion in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

October 7, 2001: An Israeli man was killed when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a large bomb near the entrance to a kibbutz. The bomber was affiliated with Islamic Jihad.

November 26, 2001: Two border policemen were wounded by a suicide bomber at the Erez crossing point in Gaza. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

November 29, 2001: Three people were killed and nine were injured in a suicide bombing on a bus near Hadera. The Islamic Jihad and Fatah both claimed responsibility for the attack.

Fatah is the mainstream faction and Palestinian nationalist movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It is dedicated to the formation of an independent Palestinian state. Along with the mainstream organization, it also is linked to several splinter groups. The mainstream Fatah acts as the political organization of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and was formed by Arafat in 1965.

December 1, 2001: Two suicide bombers struck a pedestrian mall in the center of Jerusalem, killing 11 people and injuring about 180. A car bomb exploded nearby 20 minutes later. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

December 2, 2001: Fifteen people were killed and 40 were injured by a suicide bomber on a bus in Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

December 5, 2001: Several people had minor injuries in Jerusalem when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb packed with nails and shrapnel. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

December 9, 2001: About 30 people were injured, most lightly, when a suicide bomber detonated his charge near a bus stop in Haifa. A second explosive device was found nearby.

December 12, 2001: Four people traveling in two cars were wounded in an attack by two suicide bombers in Gaza.

2002

January 25, 2002: A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a cafe in Tel Aviv, wounding 25 people.

January 27, 2002: One person was killed and more than 150 were wounded by a Palestinian suicide bombing in the center of Jerusalem. The bomber -- a female -- was identified as a member of Fatah.

February 16, 2002: Two people were killed and about 30 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a shopping mall in a West Bank Jewish settlement. A third person died later of his injuries. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 18, 2002: A policeman from a Bedouin village in Galilee was killed by a suicide bomber whom he had stopped for questioning. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a military offshoot of Fatah, and was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in March 2002.

March 2, 2002: A suicide bombing in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem killed ten people and injured more than 50. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 5, 2002: One person was killed and a large number of people injured, most lightly, by a suicide bomber aboard a bus as it entered the central station in Afula. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 7, 2002: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the lobby of a hotel in the West Bank, injuring 15 people. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 9, 2002: Eleven people were killed and 54 were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded Jerusalem cafe. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 17, 2002: Twenty-five people were injured by a suicide bomber near a bus in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.

March 20, 2002: Seven people -- including four soldiers -- were killed and about 30 were wounded in a suicide bombing aboard a bus near Afula. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 21, 2002: A suicide bomber detonated a bomb packed with metal spikes and nails in a crowd of shoppers in Jerusalem. Three people were killed and 86 were injured. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility.

Twenty-nine people died in a terror attack during a Passover seder at a Netanya hotel on March 27, 2002
Twenty-nine people died in a terror attack during a Passover seder at a Netanya hotel on March 27, 2002  

March 27, 2002: Twenty-nine people were killed and 140 were injured when a suicide bomber set off a blast at a hotel in Netanya, during a Passover seder attended by more than 250 guests. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, which prompted Israel to launch its "Operation Defensive Shield" military action in the West Bank.

March 29, 2002: Two people were killed and 28 injured when a suicide bomber blew herself up in a Jerusalem supermarket. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 30, 2002: One person was killed and about 30 were injured in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 31, 2002: A suicide bomber struck a restaurant in Haifa, killing 15 people and injuring more than 40. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. Later, one person was injured in a suicide bombing at an emergency medical center south of Jerusalem.

April 10, 2002: Eight people were killed and 22 were injured in a suicide bombing on a bus east of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 12, 2002: Six people were killed and 104 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus stop near the entrance to an open-air market in Jerusalem. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

An ambulance worker takes an injured woman away from a billiard hall in Rishon Letzion, where 16 people were killed in a terror attack
An ambulance worker takes an injured woman away from a billiard hall in Rishon Letzion, where 16 people were killed in a terror attack  

May 7, 2002: Sixteen people were killed and 55 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a crowded game club on the third floor of a building in Rishon Letzion, south of Tel Aviv. Part of the building collapsed. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 19, 2002: A suicide bomber disguised as a soldier, blew himself up at a market in Netanya, killing three people and wounding 59. Both Hamas and the PFLP claimed responsibility.

May 20, 2002: A suicide bomber, apparently bound for Afula, blew himself up after a border policeman stopped him for questioning at a bus stop. No one was injured.

May 22, 2002: Two people were killed and about 40 were injured in a suicide bombing at a pedestrian mall in Rishon Letzion.

May 23, 2002: A bomb planted underneath a truck exploded at a fuel depot north of Tel Aviv. No one was injured.

May 24, 2002: A security guard opened fire on a terrorist who was attempting to ram a car bomb into a disco in Tel Aviv. The bomb exploded, injuring five Israelis and killing the bomber.

May 27, 2002: A woman and her infant granddaughter were killed and 37 people were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv.

June 5, 2002: Seventeen people were killed and 38 were injured when a car packed with explosives struck a bus at Megiddo junction near Afula. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 11, 2002: A teen-age girl was killed and 15 people were injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb at a restaurant in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.

June 18, 2002: A suicide bomber struck aboard a bus in Jerusalem at rush hour, killing 19 people and injuring 74. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 19, 2002: Seven people were killed and 37 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.



 
 
 
 







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