Terrorism victims were awarded $1 billion from the Syrian government, according to a Jan. 29 Inquisitor report. The terrorist attacks happened on December 27, 1985 in Rome and Vienna airports. Abu Nidal Organization carried out the attacks.
US Magistrate Judge, John M. Facciola ruled that Syria owed the terrorism victims $1 billion. Each of the 26 victims of the terrorist attacks were awarded $1 billion, which includes damages as well as interest. Some of the victims' awards were awarded to their estates.
During the attack, terrorists killed 16 people, and injured 99 others in Rome’s airport at the El Al Airlines and Trans World Airlines counters. Shortly after, more terrorists attacked at Schwechat Airport in Vienna, Austria where they killed three people and wounded 39.
Judge Facciola said that the Abu Nidal Organization could not have carried out the terrorist attacks without "without Syria’s direct support." Unfortunately for the victims, they will likely never see their $1 billion award because Syria will probably never pay.