Incident Summary:

01/18/2014: Rockets originating from Syria struck Ras Baalbek village, Beqaa governorate, Lebanon. At least four people were wounded in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for this attack. The mayor of Arsal also attributed the attack to Hezbollah, but the group denied any involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Saint Elias Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Lebanon
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 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah (suspected) No
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Syria rockets wound 4 in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley," Lebanon Daily Star, January 18, 2014.
"Rocket fire kills at least 3 in Lebanon in worrisome sign of Syria conflict's spread," Big News Network, January 18, 2014.