Incident Summary:

07/21/2013: A missile was fired at a military point in Areha town, Idlib governorate, Syria. The missile missed and struck a fairground in the city, killing at least twenty people and wounding an unknown number. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, local witnesses attributed the attack to the Free Syrian Army.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Fairground
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Multiple mortar shells were launched in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources conflict as to whether the attack was perpetuated by the Free Syrian Army or by the Syrian government.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Syrian Army No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"World briefs: Syria mortar strike kills 20," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 2013."
"25 killed by Syrian militants' missile," Xinhua News Agency, July 21, 2013."