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Kidnapping and murder of Yaron Chen
Location Rama intersection near Ramallah, West Bank
Date August 5, 1993
Attack type
Kidnapping, Shooting attack
Deaths 1 Israeli soldier (Yaron Chen)
Perpetrator Hamas claimed responsibility

The Kidnapping and murder of Yaron Chen was a kidnapping and murder attack on August 5, 1993, in which Hamas militants abducted and murdered Israeli soldier Yaron Chen.

The attack

On Thursday, August 5, 1993, the 20-year-old private Yaron Chen, who was on his way home from a military base, was hitchhiking at the Rama intersection near Arab east Jerusalem. Chen was picked up by a white Fiat van with an Israeli license plate.[1] Another soldier reported seeing Chen struggling with three Palestinians who drove a white Fiat car.[2]

Chen was shot to death shortly afterwards while struggling with his abductors.[3][4]

Hamas publicized its abduction and murder of Chen.[5] Chen's body was found before dawn in the burnt-out charred white Fiat van in the village of Beitunia in the West Bank.[1]

Conviction of assailant; release in Shalit exchange

Fahed Sabri Barhan al-Shaludi was originally sentenced to a life sentence. On October 18, 2011, he was released to Gaza as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.[6][7]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarah Helm (August 7, 1993). "World News | Latest World News and Events". The Independent. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ".". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. August 6, 1993.,3137366. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  3. Islamic terror abductions in the Middle East, Shaul Shay, Sussex Academic Press, 2007, pp. 31–32.
  4. Terrorism, 1992–1995: a chronology of events and a selectively annotated bibliography, Mickolus, Edward F, Susan L. Simmons, ABC-CLIO, 1997, p. 461.
  5. The Road to Martyrs' Square: A Journey Into the World of the Suicide Bomber, Anne Marie Oliver, Paul F. Steinberg, Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 34–5.
  6. "שרות בתי הסוהר". Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  7. Names of prisoners in Shalit deal trickle through Arab media,,7340,L-4134795,00.html

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