Incident Summary:

05/14/2016: Assailants attacked Al-Assad Hospital in Deir ez-Zor, Syria. At least 40 people, including 20 militia members and 20 assailants, were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the incident. Additionally, an unknown number of people were abducted and their whereabouts are unknown. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Deir ez-Zor

Deir ez-Zor

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Al-Assad Hospital
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
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 40 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 20
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"IS 'overruns hospital in Syrian city'," BBC, May 14, 2016."
"5/15/2016: Ht World: 20 killed as IS attacks Syrian hospital," Hindustan Times, May 15, 2016."
"ISIS attacks Syria hospital, kills 20 troops," Asian Age, May 14, 2016."