Incident Summary:

02/07/2016: Assailants opened fire on Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers in Ghouta neighborhood, Damascus city, Damascus governorate, Syria. Multiple explosive devices were also detonated in the attack. At least 76 soldiers were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Jaysh al-Islam (Syria).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ghouta neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 76 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 76
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
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"76 Syrian regime personnel killed by rebels this week: SOHR," International Business Times India, February 13, 2016."
"Syrian rebel ambush killed 76 soldiers," Asian Age, February 13, 2016."