Incident Summary:

07/24/2013: Assailants with rocket launchers and tanks attacked Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus city, Damascus governorate, Syria. At least 11 people were killed and 45 people were injured in this attack. Anwar Raja, spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Gen Cmd (PFLP-GC), claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that they wanted to "'cleanse the camp of 'terrorist gangs.'"




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident took place in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Yarmuk Refugee Camp
Specific Description Refugees
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Rockets were used 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) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Gen Cmd (PFLP-GC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Syria government rocket attack kills 15 Palestinian refugees: activists," Reuters, July 24, 2013.
"Pro-government Palestinian factions advance in refugee camp in Syrian capital,", July 26, 2013.
"11 killed by rockets in Palestinian camp in Damascus: activists," Xinhua News Agency, July 24, 2013.