Russian Military in Syria

A Russian combat aircraft at Khmeimim airbase in Syria being prepared for action. (Russian Ministry of Defence)

Belligerent
Russian military
Country
Syria
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Contested
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R4281

Incident date

September 20, 2020

Location

كفرجالس وسيجر, Kafrjalas and Seijar, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One or two civilians were wounded in airstrikes on Seijar and Kafrjalas in Idlib on September 20th, according to local sources.

@SyriaCivilDefense reported that two civilians were injured as a result of alleged Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on  Idlib city and the outskirts of Seijar and Kafrjalas in Idlib on September 20th, 2020.

Macro Media Center said that one civilian was wounded in the targeting of Idlib city’s surrounding.

@HalabTodayTV reported that on that day, Russian warplanes targeted surroundings of Idlib city with dozens of airstrikes.

 

 

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4276

Incident date

August 3, 2020

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Three of four civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the northern outskirts of the city of Binnish, Idlib governorate, on August 3rd, 2020, according to local sources. The airstrikes occured in conjunction with alleged Syrian regime artillery strikes.

Step News Agency reported that “three civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured, at dawn today, Monday [September 3rd], after Russian airstrikes on Idlib, coinciding with the artillery shelling of the Syrian regime forces that targeted tents for displaced persons and residential buildings on the outskirts of Binnish city in Idlib eastern countryside.”

According to Step’s correspondent, the victims were Internally Displaced People (IDP) sheltering in tents near the target site. The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the killed victims as displaced civilians from the village of Al Bujr: Majed Jasem Al Muhammad and the brothers Zaid and Majed Mesleh al Muhamad. According to the Syrian Civil Defence, Majed Jasem Al Muhammad was the father of the brothers.

@abuhuzaifa_ posted a photo on Twitter of three children, including an injured child, writing that “the father and mother died after being in a critical condition as a result of a severe injury, and these children remained alone. The family of Musleh Al Muhammad from Reef #Saraqeb after an aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on the outskirts of the city of Binnish at dawn today.” This implicated that a woman was also killed in the strikes.

@ShahbaPress and @SyrianCoalition later reported that four civilians had died. @so_ria98 also later updated the civilian death toll to four.

While the Syrian Civil Defence also reported seven injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported one injured civilian.

The Syrian Civil Defence wrote that “in conjunction with the Russian airstrikes, artillery bombardments of the regime forces targeted the same place with about 10 shells, with the aim of causing the largest possible number of casualties and preventing civil defence teams from reaching and saving civilians”, adding that SCD teams evacuated the wounded to hospitals and put out fires caused by the bombing.

Both Edlib Media Center and IdlibPlus reported five airstrikes. While nearly all sources blamed Russia for the airstrikes, Ain Ala Hasaka reported that “national aviation” had been responsible.

Providing context, the Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote that “despite the fact that Binnesh city is subject to a ceasefire agreement, reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020, the Syrian regime and its allies continue to attack the area, which has resulted in fresh displacement of residents.”

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
    3 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (35) [ collapse]

  • Translation: “National aviation targets Binnish with spiteful air strikes in conjunction with artillery shelling” (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • The bodies of civilians killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Translation: "Three civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured, at dawn today, Monday 3 August, by Russian air strikes and artillery shelling of the regime targeting tents for displaced persons and residential buildings on the outskirts of Bunche city in Idlib eastern countryside” (via SCD).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence recovering the body of a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering bodies of victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Boy on a vehicle after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Civilians in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • A wounded child on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Translation: “The father and mother died in a critical condition as a result of a severe injury, and these children remained alone. The family of Musleh Al Muhammad from Reef #Saraqeb after an aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on the outskirts of the city of Bunche at dawn today” (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • These siblings lost their parents in alleged Russian airstrikes on Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • Translation: “The devastation caused by the bombing of the Russian occupation plane in several air strikes in Binnish City, east of Idlib, at dawn today” (via Edlib Media Center).
  • The targeted site of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • A destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Translation: “Three martyrs of one family and a number of wounded as a result of five successive raids from the Russian sail forces on the northern part of the city #Binnish Idlib countryside” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Part of the Russian bombing of Binnish city this morning” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “Shaam Pictures show the effects of the aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation air forces north of the city of Binnish this morning, which left martyrs and wounded civilians” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “A video showing the moment when the Russian occupation planes bombed residential houses in the city of Binnish in the Idlib countryside” (via Macro Media Center).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Macro Media Center).
  • Translation: “Four civilians were killed and others wounded due to shelling by warplanes on the perimeter of the city of Binnish, north of Idlib” (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Smoke and fire after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).

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 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4270

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child and his father were reported killed, and five others including a woman were injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes or artillery strikes with rockets on Ariha in Idlib on July 14th, 2020, according to local sources.

Macro Media Center reported that “A father and his child were killed, and five others, a woman and four children who were displaced from the town of Kafrhaya got injured after a missile attack this afternoon, targeting the center of the city of Ariha and its entrances to the west of Idlib.”

The same source, which said the regime forces in Attarnaba town targeted Ariha with more than 40 grad missiles, identified the two victims as Mohammed Deeb Halabiya aged 40, and his child Akram Halabiya aged 12.

Shaam News said that the attack came after an explosive device had exploded during the passage of the joint Russian and Turkish military patrols on the international M4 highway in Idlib countryside, which resulted in injuries among Turkish and Russian soldiers, after which airstrikes and artillery strikes by Russian and the regime struck Ariha and other areas in Idlib.

Step News correspondent said that the shelling led to “a massive displacement movement from the southern countryside of Idlib, especially since many of the people returned to their homes after the Turkish-Russian ceasefire in mid-March.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • According to SCD, Ariha was a target of 14 rocket launchers by the Syrian regime on July 14th, 2020.
  • SCD volunteers in Ariha after it was struck with alleged Russian or Syrian regime rockets on July 14th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • SCD volunteers in Ariha after it was struck with alleged Russian or Syrian regime rockets on July 14th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • Civil Defense volunteers in Ariha after alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
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    A child injured as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on Ariha on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Civil Defense volunteers in Ariha after alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Fires in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • A man taking a look at the weapons used in the attack on Ariha on July 14th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • A man taking a look at the weapons used in the attack on Ariha on July 14th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Damage to a civilian building in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)

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
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4271

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman and a man were reported seriously injured when they were hit by artillery shelling or a drone attack while they were on their motorbike in Kansafra in Idlib on July 14th, 2020 according to local sources.

Step News correspondent said “that a drone targeted a man and a woman who were on a motorbike near the town of Kansafra in Jabal Al-Zawiya south of Idlib, seriously wounding them.” However, the source didn’t attribute the responsibility of the drone attack to any party.

From their side, @shahbapress accused the regime of the responsibility for wounding the two civilians, but Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib said that Russia undertook attacks in different areas of Idlib on that day. “Civil Defense teams documented the targeting of five areas with 13 air strikes by Russian warplanes and 17 surface-to-surface missiles.The shelling targeted the city of Ariha , the towns of Al-Bara, Kansafra, Kafaraweed, Sufouhn and Benin, Jabal Al-Zawiya.”

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

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, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4269

Incident date

July 7, 2020

Location

كفر عويد, Kara Awaid, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians were reported injured in  Kara Awaid in Idlib on July 7th, 2020 in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime artillery shelling.

At first, @BelalBayoush90 tweeted that “Assad’s forces, with heavy artillery and rocket launchers targeted today the town of Kafar Awaid, which resulted in the injury of two people.”

Later, @abdulrhman570 raised the casualties toll to four. “Four civilians were wounded inside the town of Kafr Awaid due to artillery shelling by the Russian occupation militia in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib.”

No further information is available at the moment.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4267

Incident date

July 3, 2020

Location

قرية القاهرة, Al Qahera Village, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime artillery shelling on Al Qahera village in Hama on June 3rd, 2020.

@alshmali_alhr0 tweeted “A civilian martyred due to shelling by the Russian occupation militias targeting the village of Al Qahera in Sahl Al-Ghab earlier.”

However, Step Agency blamed the Syrian regime for the incident: “A civilian was killed by artillery shelling by the regime forces stationed in Jourin camp, on the village of  Al Qahera in the western Hama countryside.”

Halab Today reported that the civilian was killed as a result of regime shelling while he was collecting Caper plant fruit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (5) [ collapse]

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 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4266

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

ادلب المدينة, Idlib city, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three children were reported killed in the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib city, Syria on June 9th, 2020.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the the death of three children due to the explosion of an old bomb in Idlib city which is under the control of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that “three children were playing in their garden in Idlib city, on Tuesday morning, June 9th when a cluster bomb from the remnants of a previous bombing on the city exploded.”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the three victims as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Huthaifah Sa’ad al Din (Rand’s brother).

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that “three children from Idlib city, named as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Rand’s brother Huthaifah, were killed when a cluster munition left behind from previous bombing by Syrian- Russian alliance forces exploded while they were near a farm in al Jedar area in the southwest of Idlib city on June 9th.”

Local sources mentioned that the remnants of weapons constitute a real threat and danger to civilians and especially children in opposition held areas that were targets for airstrikes and shelling by the Syrian forces and the Russian forces. The Syrian Civil Defense said that “The regime and Russia have carried out 546 cluster bomb attacks on northern Syria from April 26th, 2019 to March 5th, 2020, thousands of which did not explode and have become temporary bombs threatening the lives of civilians, especially children.”

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The three children killed on June 9th, 2020 by the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib City. (via SN4HR)

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4261

Incident date

March 5, 2020

Location

معرة مصرين, Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 16 civilians, including between two and five children, were killed and up to 32 civilians were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on March 5th, 2020, according to local sources.

Edlib Media Center reported that there were “civilian martyrs and wounded as a result of Russian occupation warplanes targeting a building inhabited by displaced people near the city of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib, at dawn today [March 5th, 2020].”

@abuhuzaifa_ reported that 15 civilians had been killed and that more than 20 people were wounded. @Step_Agency initially reported three killed, but later put the death toll at 16 killed civilians, including five children.

Witnesses told Smart News Agency that the Russian warplanes targeted a farm inhabited by displaced people from the Ma’arat Al Numan area, killing nine civilians and wounding 20. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported the farm was a poultry farm.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the deaths of 15 civilians, including one girl and six women. In addition, 18 civilians were recorded wounded, some of whom in critical condition. According to SOHR, the victims are displaced people from Hama, Aleppo and other areas of Idlib.

Ahmed Sheikho, director of the Syrian Civil Defence Media office in Idlib told Smart News Agency that “Russian warplanes launched two raids on a farm inhabited by displaced families in the vicinity of the city of Ma’arat Misrin, killing 16 civilians, including seven women and two children, and wounding 21 others, including two children and four women”. Edlib Media Center reported that 32 people were wounded.

Whereas nearly all sources reported Russia as the belligerent, Shaam News Network blamed “Russian and Assad’s airforces”.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Belongings of civilians after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Child walking in rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer carrying a killed or injured child after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteer holding a child victim in an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Mission on March 5th, 2020 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Child standing in front of the destoyed farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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

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