Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4352

Incident date

July 22, 2021

Location

ابلين, Iblin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least seven civilians, including three to four children and a woman, were killed and seven other civilians, including two children and one to two women, were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling the morning of July 22, 2021.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “the strikes have killed seven civilians including a woman and three children, in the morning, in a new ground bombardment by the regime forces on two neighborhoods in Ibleen village”. They also added that “the number of deaths is expected to rise because some of those wounded sustained serious injuries.”

Syrian Civil Defense also reported that seven civilians were killed, including 4 children and a woman, and “7 others were wounded, including two girls and a woman, all of them from the same family.”

Activist “Abdul Razzaq Al-Madhi” from the village of “Iblin” said in an interview with “Zaman Al-Wasl” that “7 others were wounded, including two girls and two women, as a result of the bombing”.

Step News Agency referred to “children, women and the elderly, from the Harmoush family” as being among the seven civilians killed.

@NagiNajjar tweeted the names of the victims who were killed: Emad Fouad Harmoush (man), Fouad Mustafa Harmoush (man), Khadija Mustafa Al-Fouad (child), Alaa Mustafa Al-Fouad (child), Maryam Mustafa Al-Fouad (child), Fouad Mustafa Harmoush (Child), Fatima Nimr (Mustafa’s wife). A tweet from @77yBFnqQYzUS2Ot identified Fouad Mustafa Harmoush as being the grandfather.

Civil Defense volunteer Hossam Al-Sheikh talked about the moments of saving the two girls, Hanadi and her sister Doaa Mustafa Harmoush, from under the rubble of their house in Iblin, south of Idlib: “At the moment of a call, defense, evacuate the place. It will return to work. The option that follows immediately and without thinking, we must take is evacuation, but when you see the eyes of two children under the rubble, the look of fatigue, pain and fear, and a voice crying “Don’t leave us”, here is over. The decision is no longer thought of, and the only option is that We don’t leave, either we follow before the double targeting or we are a victim with them, at this moment I felt them my daughters, how do we want to leave our daughters and evacuate the place, our fate is their fate if what happened. The situation is very difficult and the options are even more difficult, and thank God, we were able this time to catch up with them before the bombing is repeated and we evacuate the place, but at the same moment we looked at them, I remembered my fellow volunteers whom we lost, and many of them in the same position today lost their lives by the double bombing.”

Rozana News reported that one Syrian woman exclaimed “Oh, they died, all of them,” upon her arrival to check on her family’s home, which was destroyed by artillery shelling. They mention another video clip showing “a child in Ibelin, crying when inspecting the bodies of his father and grandfather, and screaming, “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, I want to see my grandfather.. Oh, my grandfather, my grandfather.”

Shaam News Network also reported that the White Helmets “indicated that the bombing was carried out with laser-guided shells (Krasnopol), and pointed out that its field teams rescued the injured and retrieved the bodies from under the rubble of their house.”

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. While various sources, including Shaam News Network, attribute the bombings to both Russia and the regime, a tweet from @abuhuzaifa_ blamed Russia in contrast to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who identified the regime as being responsible.

Just after the massacre, a convoy of Turkish military vehicles passed near the site, a video posted by @syriapostnew1 shows.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3–4 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (42) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Victims trapped under the rubble following strikes on the town of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
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    One of the victims is trapped in the rubble as Civil Defense crews try to rescue them following the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Rescue crews search for victims trapped under the rubble following strikes on the town of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
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    There is no sound above the cries of pain and separation, in a place where hardly a day goes by without blood. In Jabal Al-Zawiya...Eid is different
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    Words can no longer describe the scene... They all died. Here is Jabal Al-Zawiya, Ibelin, Idlib countryside
  • Rescue crews search for victims trapped under the rubble following strikes on the town of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @Blal_Haj_Ahmad)
  • Mourning the victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @hamzasyriafree)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @hamzasyriafree)
  • Victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @hamzasyriafree)
  • Victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @hamzasyriafree)
  • Smoke caused by the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @Reemjihad1)
  • Victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @Reemjihad1)
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    Graphic image of one of the victims of the the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @ibrahim78197182)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @HalabTodayTV)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @HalabTodayTV)
  • Personal items belonging to the family whose home was destroyed in the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by @HalabTodayTV)
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  • One of the victims of the bombing of Iblin on July 22, 2021. (Image posted by Wael Harmoush via Facebook)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3–4 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (42) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS470

Incident date

July 20, 2021

Location

Nubl, نبل, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a woman, was killed and one to three other civilians, including children, were injured in alleged Turkish artillery strikes on the town of Nubl on July 20, 2021.

NPA Syria reported “A woman lost her life and a child was injured, on Tuesday, in the bombing of the Turkish-backed factions on the Shiite towns of Nubl and Zahraa, north of Aleppo, in northern Syria. Local sources in the two towns said that Amina Abbas El-Fil, 35, lost her life, and a six-year-old girl was injured. She added that the bombing came from the positions of the Turkish forces and their loyal factions in the Brad area of ​​Afrin countryside.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified “the death of a female citizen succumbed to her injuries as a result of rocket shelling by the factions targeting the town of Nubl” and that the shells caused “casualties among civilians, in addition to causing material damage to the properties of the people”.

A tweet from put the number of injured at “3 civilians” and identified “3 missiles” striking Nubl.

Hawar News added that the shelling occurred at 18:00 and involved ” tens of shells and missiles fired by the Turkish occupation forces and its mercenaries stationed in the occupied city of Afrin”. They also originally reported “deaths and injuries among civilians in the two towns, without knowing the number” and then later identified the killing of a woman, 30 years old, ” in addition to the injury of a child and a girl seriously injured, they were taken to Aleppo city hospitals for treatment.”

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Turkey.

The incident occured at 6:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Turkish shelling on the village of Nubl on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by Hawar News)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4350

Incident date

July 20, 2021

Location

الطريق الواصل بين بداما و الزعينية, the linking road between Bdama and Al-Za'iniyah, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a humanitarian medical worker, was killed and between eight and 19 other civilians, including five children, were injured in a guided missile strike on a car on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah on July 20, 2021.

@RaedAlSaleh3 tweeted “today, we lost our friend “Iyad Al-Lari,” one of the humanitarian workers in the medical field in northern Syria. Iyad passed away on the first day of Eid al-Adha, by targeting the car he was traveling with with a guided missile on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah”.

@Hasan_Jneed added that Iyad was from the city of Jisr Al-Shughour and @Mohmmad44alsham referred to him as also being a professor. A tweet from @baznewz included the detail that he was a “fourth-year mechanical engineering student from Idlib University.”

Hala Today TV provided information that Iyad ” is a revolutionary activist from the University of Aleppo, and participated in the first demonstrations of the peaceful popular movement in the city of Aleppo, and the regime arrested him in the “Bab Al-Hadid” demonstration in the city of Aleppo on April 21, 2011, before he was released under popular pressure and sit-ins.”

Baladi News also quoted media activist Muhammad Khudair as saying “after [Iyad’s] release from prison he returned to his village liberated from the Assad militia to begin his revolutionary activity there. He was wounded by a tank shell. He was transferred to Turkey for treatment. He returned a month later and then went to humanitarian work, He was elected more than once as a representative of the western sector and a representative of the region in the provincial council for two consecutive years.”

The Assistance Coordination Unit of Syria identified Iyad as one of their colleagues and released a statement mourning his death.

In addition to the death of Iyad, 19 others, including five children, were injured in the strikes, Enab Baladi News reported. Al Jazeera put the injury toll at “eight other civilians, including 4 children”.

According to @ala_hacioglu, the vehicle was struck “in front of a restaurant in the town of Bdama”. @tommycats4 referred to the location as “a gathering of the people in front of a shop distributing sacrificial meat in the town of Badama”.

The majority of sources identified the regime as being responsible for the strikes, including a tweet from @Gurbtwatan attributed the missile strike to “regime forces stationed in Jabal Al-Akrad”. However, a few sources, including the Syrian Civil Defense, blamed both Russia and the regime for the strikes. Various sources refer to the strike as being carried out by a “Kornet missile”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–19
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Syrian Civil Defense arrives at a hospital with victims of the bombing of a car that was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @Hasan_Jneed)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @Mohmmad44alsham)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @YusufAd76532779)
  • Civil Defense workers sort through rubble following strikes near a car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by Bissan Radio)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by Assistance Coordination Unit)
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  • Syrian Civil Defense help victims of the bombing of a car that was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–19
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Incident Code

USSOM337

Incident date

July 20, 2021

Location

Vicinity of Qeycad, Mudug, Somalia

Geolocation

5.0105526, 47.991289 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Exactly six months after Joe Biden became president, the US conducted its first declared strike in Somalia of his administration, at either 10.21 or 11.05am on July 20th 2021.

According to Morad News the attack took place in the Qay’ad area of Muldug, with Sonna state media reporting that the airstrike was conducted on a fortified position in Qaycad village, between Wisil and Bacaadweyn. Sonna also said that 20 al Shabaab militants were killed in the attack, with “many more” injured.

SomaliAffairs instead said the strike “targeted Al-Shabab militants stationed between Qay’ad village and Harardhere town”.

The US military said the strike was near Galkayo – the first recorded US action since 2018 in that immediate area.

According to a Pentagon spokeswoman cited by the New York Times, the attack had struck al Shabaab fighters assaulting Somali special forces on the ground.

According to the Times, “The [drone] strike was carried out by military aircraft against Shabab fighters who were attacking members of the Danab, an elite American-trained Somali commando force, near the town of Galkayo in the country’s north, said a Pentagon spokeswoman, Cindi King.”

“Mrs. King said the Danab commandos were being advised remotely by American trainers when they came under attack. ‘There were no U.S. forces accompanying Somali forces during this operation,’ Mrs. King said in an email. “U.S. forces were conducting a remote advise-and-assist mission in support of designated Somali partner forces.’”

AFP noted that an official DoD letter stated that “A battle-damage assessment is still pending due to the ongoing engagement between Al-Shabab and Somali forces, however the command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this strike”.

Voice of America reported that Somali commanders had been hoping for a resumption of US strikes: “Somali Army spokesman Colonel Ali Hashi Abdinur told VOA earlier this week he hoped the U.S. would resume the strikes, especially to target the al-Qaida-linked fighters in areas where the Somali infantry can’t reach.  ‘We have good cooperation and collaboration with the U.S.,’ he said. ‘There are hard-to-reach areas in the forests where the airstrikes used to target their leaders.’”

The President of Galmudug State later tweeted that “The aim of the strike was to protect the brave armed forces those who are facing the enemy and it was successfully conducted as there were zero civilian casualties involved.”

An initial statement from the Somali government on the attack made no mention of US forces participation, placing the event at 11.05am local time. Breaking with recent convention, the strike was then declared directly by the Pentagon rather than by US Africa Command. However, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman confirmed to media that the strike had in fact been authorised by General Townsend of AFRICOM.

Biden’s first action in Somalia caused some discomfort in Congress. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia told Politco’s NatSec Daily that ““I remain concerned with the justification of ‘collective self-defense’ to respond with U.S. military force to protect foreign groups when there is no direct threat to the U.S., its armed forces, or citizens… I look forward to getting more information from the administration about this specific drone strike, especially as we continue to work together to rebalance the Article I and Article II powers on use of force issues and update the 2001 AUMF to reflect current threats against the United States.”

A trio of senators – Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Mike Lee of Utah – issued a statement condemning the attack: “We’re troubled that no one in the administration sought the required legal authorization from Congress for Tuesday’s drone strike in Somalia especially with no American forces at risk—and apparently, did not even check with our commander-in-chief.”

And Congresswoman Ilhan Omar wrote expressing her concerns about the strike to President Biden, requesting answers to eight specific questions about the action.

 

The incident occured between 10:21 am and 11:05 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    20
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6–12

Sources (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Qeycad, for which the generic coordinates are: 5.0105526, 47.991289. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Galkayo, Somalia, July 20, 2021.

A battle-damage assessment is still pending due to the ongoing engagement between al-Shabaab and Somali forces, however the command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this strike as the strike targeted known al-Shabaab fighters and took place in a remote area.

“This strike was conducted under collective self-defense authority and targeted al-Shabaab fighters engaged in active combat with our Somali partners,” said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas Savage, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of operations. “We are committed to supporting our Somali partners as they fight against these terrorists.”

The Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command forces take great measures to prevent civilian casualties. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population.

The Federal Government of Somalia and the U.S. remain committed to fighting al-Shabaab to prevent the deaths of innocent men, women and children.

Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to U.S. and regional interests.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    20
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6–12

Sources (17) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4348

Incident date

July 18, 2021

Location

دارة عزة, Daret Ezza, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and three to five civilians, including three to four women and up to two children, were injured in artillery shelling on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021.

A tweet from @kwater4syr identified “A child was killed and 4 civilians were wounded by Russian laser artillery shelling”. @anasanas84 tweeted that among the four that were wounded were women and Zaman Al Wasl identified all of those four injured as women. However, @Sy24ria put the toll of wounded at three and added that they were all from the same family while Syrian Civil Defense put the toll of wounded at “3 women and two children”.

A Baladi News correspondent in Aleppo countryside reported that the areas affected by the strikes were “residential neighborhoods in the city of Darat Izza” and that among those injured, “one is in serious condition, who were taken to field hospitals in the area”.

@anasanas84 named the child killed: Musa Mustafa Turkmani, 8 years old. A correspondent for Zaman Al Wasl provided the age of Musa as 6 years old.

At the time of the strikes, the father of the child who was killed was painting the house in preparation for Eid. He helped the Civil Defense rescue “his 2 daughters & wife but not his youngest son Mousa who died under rubble.”

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. A tweet from @syriapostnew1 attributed the strikes to Russia while Macro Media Center blamed regime forces for artillery shelling.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @AhmedDekhan)
  • A father morns the loss of his son, Musa Mustafa Turkmani, who was killed in strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @NidalAbdulmonem)
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    Image of Musa Mustafa Turkmani, who was killed in strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Smoke rises from the site of the shelling in Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • "I saved my sister and became a role for my brother Musa, he was stoned." A family emerged from under the rubble and a child was killed, and the rest of the family was wounded in the city of Darat Izza in the western countryside of Aleppo this morning, Sunday, July 18, as a result of the bombing of their house by the regime and Russia’s forces with artillery shells.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4346

Incident date

July 17–18, 2021

Location

احسم, Ihsem, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between six and eight civilians, including three to four children and three women, were killed and nine to 11 others, including four children and three women, were injured in alleged Russian and regime strikes on the town of Ihsem around midnight on July 17/July 18, 2021.

According to an Al Jazeera correspondent in Syria, “7 civilians from the same family, all women and children, were killed as a result of missile strikes by the Syrian regime forces that targeted a house in the town of Ihsem in Idlib countryside, and others were wounded.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights originally identified “three women and two children were killed on Saturday evening in the town of Ihsem in the southern countryside of Idlib” and later updated their toll to seven civilians killed, including four women and three children, while Al Modon provided the numbers “3 children and 3 women from one family were killed”. Horrya News identified one of the civilians killed as a health worker.

Civil Defense said on its Facebook page that “6 civilians (3 children and 3 women) were killed, and 9 other civilians were wounded, including 4 children and 3 women, in an initial outcome”. Al Mohrar Media published that the number of injured was more than 10 people, “most of them in critical condition, and the ambulance and civil defense teams worked to transport them to medical points.”

A post from Jabaal Zawya Today named the victims killed in the bombing: Yousra Sergawi, wife of Muhammad Taha, 50 years old; Heba Taqiqa, daughter of Muhammad Taqiqa, 20 years old; Maryam Barakat, Taha’s wife, 20 years old; Khadija Taqiqa, daughter of Samer, 6 years old; Iman Taqiqa, daughter of Samer 4 years old; Tasneem, daughter of Samer, 5 years old; Widad, Sadiq’s wife, 45 years old. A tweet from @Alassaf1977 identified that Taha Taqiqa, the son of Muhammad Taha Taqaqa, 26 years old, had died from his wounds. Aya Sophia Samer Taqiqa, granddaughter of Muhammad Taha, 1 year old, died two days later of her wounds, as reported by @hadikhraat.

Ehsim Now posted the names of those injured: Muhammad Taha Taqiqa, 55 years old; Akram Taqiqa, the son of Muhammad Taha Taqiqa, a minor injury, 14 years old; Hamza Teqiqa, the son of Muhammad Taha, a minor injury, 4 years old; Saba Taqiqa, daughter of Muhammad Taqiqa, a 14-year-old, hand amputation injury; Hadeel Taqiqa, daughter of Muhammad Taha Tuqiqa, Injury, 17 years old; Fatima Taqiqa, daughter of Muhammad Taha, a 20-year-old injured; Sadiq Taqiqa Ibn Abdul Latif, a minor injury, 50 years old; Samer Taqiqa.

Among the dead is Taha Taqiqa, who “waited for his bride [Maryam Barakat] for several years until she graduated from university, and after her graduation she came to him and they got married three days ago. Yesterday, a shell fell and killed him and his bride, along with six other family members, in the town of Ihsim in Idlib countryside” according to a tweet from @Alassaf1977.

Samer Muhammad Sabri Taqiqa, the father of Aya, Iman, Khadija and Tasneem, lost four of his daughters and insisted that he dress Aya in her Eid costume before he bid her final farewell, Al Jazeera reported. He named his daughter Aya Sophia because she was “born in conjunction with the opening of the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul last year by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

@Gurbtwatan tweeted that it took “more than 30 hours” for the Civil Defense teams to retrieve the body of Iman Samer Taqiqa from under the rubble.

France24 reported that “an AFP photographer in Ihsem saw paramedics working after midnight under floodlights to retrieve the body of a woman from the rubble of the roof of a collapsed house. They wrapped the body in a blanket and took it to an ambulance. A survivor of the family told AFP that visitors were gathered at the house to congratulate a family member on his marriage.”

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to the regime or the regime and Russia. Al Araby News blames the regime and reported that regime forces bombed the village “from the Hamidiya base in the city of Maarat al-Numan”. However, Shaam News identified artillery shelling, originating from the Russian forces, with advanced Krassenpol missiles, coinciding with the flight of Russian reconnaissance planes that did not leave the airspace. They added that “the defense teams had great difficulty working, as reconnaissance planes monitored the area at night,” for fear that they would launch a double strike on the rescue crews.

The incident occured around midnight.

The victims were named as:

Family members (16)

  • Yousra Sergawi 50 years old female wife of Muhammad Taha killed
  • Heba Taqiqa 20 years old female daughter of Muhammad Taqiqa killed
  • Maryam Barakat 20 years old female Taha's wife killed
  • Khadija Taqiqa 6 years old female daughter of Samer killed
  • Iman Taqiqa 4 years old female daughter of Samer killed
  • Tasneem Taqiqa 5 years old female daughter of Samer killed
  • Widad 45 years old female Sadiq's wife killed
  • Muhammad Taha Taqiqa 55 years old male injured
  • Taha Taqiqa 26 years old male the son of Muhammad Taha Taqaqa killed
  • Akram Taqiqa 14 years old male the son of Muhammad Taha Taqaqa injured
  • Hamza Teqiqa 4 years old male the son of Muhammad Taha Taqaqa injured
  • Saba Taqiqa 14 years old female daughter of Muhammad Taqiqa injured
  • Fatima Taqiqa 20 years old female daughter of Muhammad Taha injured
  • Aya Sophia Samer Taqiqa 1 years old female killed
  • Sadiq Taqiqa Ibn Abdul Latif, 50 years old injured
  • Samer Taqiqa male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (3–4 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (50) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Civil Defense members carry the body of a victim to an ambulance following strikes on Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Al Jazeera News)
  • Civil Defense members carry the body of a victim following strikes on Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Al Modon News)
  • Sisters Khadija, Iman and Tasnim Taqiqa, who were among those killed in the bombing on Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Al Araby News)
  • Images of the victims of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @SbmjMS3nXS7DzvE)
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    Graphic Images of the victims of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @alkhattabirw)
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    Graphic Images of the victims of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @alkhattabirw)
  • Taha Taqiqa, killed three days after his wedding in strikes on the village of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Alassaf1977)
  • Civil Defense members carry the body of a victim to an ambulance following strikes on Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @YZaatreh)
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    Graphic Images of the victims of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @samir_tateen)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @samir_tateen)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @samir_tateen)
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    Graphic Images of the children victims of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Malek45655762)
  • Civil Defense members carry the body of a victim following strikes on Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @AFPar)
  • Destruction caused by the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sharif199629)
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    Aya Sophia Taqiqa died along with her siblings in the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Al Jazeera)
  • Aya Sophia Taqiqa died along with her siblings in the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Al Jazeera)
  • Iman Samer Taqiqa died along with her siblings in the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • Iman Samer Taqiqa died along with her siblings in the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Thiqa News Agency via Facebook)
  • A father bids farewell to his daughter and puts her in Eid clothes before her burial #Martyr Aya Taqiqa Martyr Aya joins her brothers in Jannat-ul-Firdaws
  • Civil Defense members carry a victim of the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civil Defense members search the rubble following the bombing of Ihsem on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    A harsh night stained with the blood of civilians in the town of Ihsem, south of Idlib, filled with cries of pain and separation, a massacre by the regime forces and Russia added to their list of crimes that resulted in 7 deaths (3 children and 4 women) and 9 injuries, most of them children and women, and the criminal is at large without accountability.
  • "Maryam and Taha" is a tale of the Syrian tragedy with a sad ending. They were the victims of the Ihsem massacre, south of Idlib, last night, a story of pain and separation similar to what the Syrians have been experiencing for ten years. Watch their story in the video... #not_a_target
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    After hard work and a search that lasted more than 24 hours, the Syrian Civil Defense teams managed at dawn today, Monday, July 19, to retrieve the body of the 4-year-old girl, Iman Taqiqa, from under the rubble. (3 children and 4 women) and 9 others were wounded, including 4 children and 3 women.
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    Aya wears Eid clothes. She wears it instead of a shroud. Aya departed due to her injuries to stay with her sisters Iman, Khadija and Tasneem forever. The four sisters were victims of the #Ahssam massacre, which was committed by the regime forces and Russia on the night of July 18, With two hands trembling forcibly, and a voice choking with sadness, the father called her and put her in the Eid dress. Not only her father suffers, but everyone who has a conscience suffers. #not_a_targ

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (3–4 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (50) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4345

Incident date

July 17, 2021

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least three civilians, including a White Helmet and elderly woman, were killed and two others, both White Helmets, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the village of Sarja on July 17, 2021.

Syrian Today reported that “three volunteers from the Civil Defense were hit by laser-guided Krassenpol shells while trying to rescue the injured and recover the dead”.

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided the information that “Just as the Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) team reached the site and residents of the area gathered to aid the injured and evacuated victims, the same forces carried out a ‘double tap’ artillery strike at the same site, causing the death of three civilians, including an elderly woman, and Hammam al Asi, a media worker for the Civil Defense agency, as well as injuring two other members of the SCD with various degrees in addition to the severe damage to the house and the surrounding area. SNHR notes that Mrs. Saeedah al Asi, aged 60, the elderly woman who was killed in the second attack, was the grandmother of the three young sisters killed in the first attack.”

According to @AmruSalahuddien, “Russian artillery deliberately targeted, after aerial reconnaissance, the Syrian Civil Defense team while rescuing civilians trapped under the rubble in the village of Sarja”.

@anasanas84 listed the Civil Defense members that were injured in the strike: Kamel Zureik, Hammam Al-Asi and Mahmoud Othman. @EdlibNN later reported that Hammam Al-Asi died from his injuries and @jisrtv added that his colleagues had been waiting in the hospital while he was in the operating room but he did not survive. Syrian Civil Defense reported that his last words to his colleagues were “I want to go back and document the crimes of the regime” and that he would be buried in his beloved village of Bzabur.

One of the victims of the strike, Hammam Al-Asi, was photographing the incident when he was killed and was able to capture an image of the moment the strike occurred, posted by @AmruSalahuddien. Hammam was a civil defense journalist in the Bzabur center.

Al-Durar Al-Shamiya published a statement from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham that “commended the efforts made by Hammam in helping the injured and exhuming the bodies of the martyrs from his family and brothers, in addition to documenting the moments of emergency that exposed the reality of the Assad regime and the Russian occupier.”

Syrian Civil Defense published a statement that “Hammam al-Asi conveyed the truth to the world as evidence of the crimes of the regime and Russia. Their missiles were present, as they used to kill the truth and stifle votes.”

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were responsible. Syrian Civil Defense attributed the strikes to both the regime and Russia while Edlib Media Center blamed only the regime and a tweet from @AmruSalahuddien blamed only Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
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    "Come, Hassan, we hit colleges." Harsh scenes from today's massacre in the village of Sarja in Jabal al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with double bombing by the regime forces and Russia with laser-guided shells targeting the Syrian Civil Defense teams while saving civilians. #whitehelmets Note: The video contains harsh scenes
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    "Your safety, Abu Abdo, your safety, my partner." Cries of oppression and fear of separation have occurred, whose echoes are still heard in the souls of those who knew Hammam, partner in sacrifice and partner in grief and joy. From the funeral of the martyred media volunteer Humam Al-Asi today in his village in Zabur, south of Idlib. #not_a_target #whitehelmets
  • Image taken at the moment of a bombing in Sarja that killed the photographer Hammam Al-Asi on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @AmruSalahuddien)
  • Injured Civil Defense member following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Injured Civil Defense member following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Hammam Al-Asi, a civil defense journalist in the Zabur center, died from his injuries following a double strike on Sarja while Civil Defense teams were rescuing the wounded. (Image posted by @EdlibNN)
  • Hammam Al-Asi, a civil defense journalist in the Zabur center, died from his injuries following a double strike on Sarja while Civil Defense teams were rescuing the wounded. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • "A volunteer in the Civil Defense is waiting for his colleague Humam Al-Asi to leave the operating room, but he died as a result of the regime’s bombing of Sarja in Idlib countryside" (Image posted by @jisrtv)
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    Injured Civil Defense member following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civil Defense members treat the injured following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civil Defense members treat the injured following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Injured Civil Defense member following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Injured Civil Defense member following a double strike on Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • The camera belonging to Hammam Al-Asi, a civil defense journalist in the Zabur center, who died from his injuries following a double strike on Sarja while Civil Defense teams were rescuing the wounded. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Hammam Al-Asi, a civil defense journalist in the Zabur center, died from his injuries following a double strike on Sarja while Civil Defense teams were rescuing the wounded. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4344

Incident date

July 17, 2021

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and eight civilians, including two to three children and a woman, were killed and three others were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021.

@abdalwhab761identified “eight martyrs” from the bombing of Sarja while @OrientNews reported that six civilians were killed. A correspondent from @jisrtv also provided that six civilians were killed, including “3 children, brothers and their grandmother” and the Civil Defense member killed in the second strike assessed in incident R4345.

@syriapostnew1 tweeted about “the death of an entire family of 4 members, including a woman and two children” and a post from Edlib Media Center identified the members of the family as a man, his wife and three children. The correspondent of “Al-Suri Al-Youm” told Syrian Today that the artillery shelling resulted in “killing a woman and two children, and a number of wounded”. Syrian Civil Defense put the number of injured at six, including the three Civil Defense members injured in subsequent incident R4345.

A post by Assad Hamoudi named victims of the incident. #martyrs: Ritaj Ezzo Zureik, a child; Mays Ezzo Zureik is a girl; Sa’ida Ezzo Zureik is a baby girl; Hussein Haj Musa. #injuries: Hammam Haj Darwish; Abdul-Malik Satifi

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided details that the strikes killed ” three children sisters, named as Ritaj, Mais and Saeedah Izzou Zreiq, aged 11, 13 and 16 respectively, and injuring the other members of their family”.

The reporter @mhmdfaisel interviewed the mother of some of the victims, who told the reporter “My daughters are three under the rubble, where are my daughters!?”. Their home was also destroyed in the strikes. @OrientNews also reported that an entire family was trapped under the rubble.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. Various sources identified “laser-guided Krasnopol missiles” as being used in the strike, which are made by Russia and Syrian Civil Defense blamed the strikes on both the regime and Russia. However, sources such as Baladi News attributed the shelling to the regime.

Syrian Today reported that “the village of Sarjah is located in Jabal al-Zawiya near Jericho from the south, a civilian area controlled by the Suqur al-Sham faction, and no military presence was recorded inside it.” They also provided that the reason that Sarja was bombed is they’re “considered the first line in the confrontation with the regime because of its proximity to the line of contact in the Al-Ruwaiha area”.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • An image of a collapsed home with "an entire family under the rubble" following strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @OrientNews)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @abdalwhab761)
  • Damage to a vehicle caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @NagiNajjar)
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    Graphic image of one of the victims of the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @NagiNajjar)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
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    Image of Hussein Mohamed Haj Musa, killed in strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Sarja Deaths via Facebook)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Harsh moments that will remain engraved in the memory, including what was documented by the martyred media volunteer Humam Al-Asi moments before his injury during the team’s response to the massacre committed by the regime forces and Russia today, which killed 5 civilians in the village of Sarja, and with direct targeting, the team was subjected to double bombardment. Hammam, who documented the truth for years, passed away, and the last thing he documented was the moment of his severe injury that led to his death. #not_a_target
  • Civilians carry a victim of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civilians sort through the rubble to find victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • The hand of a victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civilians sort through the rubble to find victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (38) [ collapse]