Incident Summary:

12/19/2018: Assailants attacked Syrian Army positions in Masasneh, Hamah, Syria. At least nine soldiers were killed and 20 other soldiers were injured while the assailants sustained an unknown number of casualties in the ensuing clash. The Al-Izzah faction of the Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Army
Specific Description Positions
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Free Syrian Army Al-Izzah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Syrian rebel group 'kills 30' government fighters," BBC Monitoring, December 19, 2018.
"Syrian Army catches Islamist rebels before ambush in northern Hama," Al-Masdar News (Sana'a, Yemen), December 20, 2018.
"Syrian army rejects intense terrorist attack in Hama,", December 19, 2018.