Incident Summary:

12/15/2016: Assailants opened fire on ambulances evacuating civilians in Aleppo city, Syria. At least four people were killed and four others were injured in the assault; the victims included Syria Civil Defence members and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) members. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Shia Muslims.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC)
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Other
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Ambulances
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Syria Civil Defence
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Shia Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Australia: Aleppo: Three wounded as medical convoy trying to leave city comes under fire," ABC Online, December 15, 2016."
"Evacuations in Aleppo resume after gun attack," Hurriyet Daily News Online, December 15, 2016."
"Syria: 4 dead, four injured after aid convoy shot," ANSAmed, December 15, 2016."