Sunday 13 January 2019


Hamas attacked the Karni border crossing between Gaza and Israel, killing six people.  The gun and bomb attack was carried out in co-operation with two other Palestinian militant groups - the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade and the Popular Resistance Committee.  The Karni Crossing was not a military checkpoint, but a cargo terminal allowing Palestinians to both import and export goods.

The terrorist assault began at around 22:45 when a truck bomb was detonated next to the crossing.  This blew a hole in the border fence allowing the three gunmen to cross into the Israeli side.  Armed with hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles the men attacked civilian workers, killing six and injuring five.  Israeli troops cut short the attack and engaged the terrorists in a firefight, killing all three.

Two Arabs were among the six killed.

The funeral of 51-year-old Herzl Shlomo, one of the Karni attack victims