Incident Summary:

08/17/2017: Assailants threw grenades and opened fire on a Palestinian Joint Security Forces headquarters in Ain al-Hilweh, South, Lebanon. At least two people, including one assailant and one security member, were killed and seven people were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bilal Badr Group.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ain al-Hilweh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Palestinian Joint Security Forces
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
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 The victims included Abu Ali Talal, Ismail Abu Jamous, Rouhi Yahya Salama, Abed Jumaa, Ayman Raymah al-Fares, and Mohammad Jamal Shahin. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bilal Badr Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Clashes Kill Two in Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon," New York Times, August 18, 2017.
"Ain al-Hilweh unlikely to descend into chaos: source," The Daily Star (Lebanon), August 19, 2017.
"Gunfire breaks out in Ain al-Hilweh," The Daily Star (Lebanon), August 18, 2017.