Incident Summary:

09/03/2019: Assailants abducted Othman al-Hasan from a hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a previous assault, in Bab al-Hawa, Idlib, Syria. The whereabouts of Al-Hasan, a Syrian American Medical Society doctor, are unknown. This was one of two attacks targeting the doctor on the same evening. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the incidents and stated that the victim was misidentified as a kidnapper.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Bab al-Hawa

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Harem district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Specific Description Doctor: Othman al-Hasan
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"World: Attacks on Health Care Monthly News Brief - September 2019," Nigeria News Shafaqna, October 22, 2019.