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
Weak
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R4280

Incident date

September 15, 2020

Location

الأحراش المحيطة بمعرة مصرين وباتنتة, The bush near Ma’aret Misrin And Batinta, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the bush between the city of Maarrat Misreen and Batinta in northern Idlib on September 15th, 2020.

Idlib Plus and Macro Media Center said that vacuum rockets were used in the attack.

While all the sources blamed Russia for the incident, only the Syria Civil Defense mentioned a civilian casualty as a result of the attack.

The airstrikes are also reported to have caused damage in the area.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • SCD volunteers rescuing a civilian allegedly injured due to Russian warplanes airstrikes on village of Ahrash on Sep 15th, 2020. (via SCD)
  • Images to a warplane believed to be Russian that allegedly targeted with airstrikes the bush near Ma’aret Misrin And Batinta in Idlib on Sep 15th, 2020. (Via SCD).
  • Location of alleged Russian warplane's airstrikes on the bush near Ma’aret Misrin And Batinta in Idlib on Sep 15th, 2020. (Via SCD).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on the bush area in near Ma’aret Misrin And Batinta in Idlib on September 15th, 2020. (via Ariha Today)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4279

Incident date

September 7, 2020

Location

أريحا , Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A single source reported that two people were killed and several others injured in Russian forces and Syrian regime artillery shelling on Ariha on Sep 7th, 2020.

No further information is available at this moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4273

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

بلدات متعددة, Several towns, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A number of civilians were reported injured when Russian warplanes targeted several towns in Idlib on July 14th, 2020, according to Shaam News which reported: “Russian aircraft launched air strikes targeting the villages of Sarjila, Benin, Kafaraweed, and Sufouhn, accompanied by very heavy artillery and missile shelling on the city of Ariha , villages, and towns such as Safsra, Ain LaRuz, Al-Muzarira, Al-Fateera, Al-Barah and Al-Yansiya, which caused two martyrs, including a child, in Ariha and a number of wounded in the rest of the areas.”

The two reported victims were included in a separate Airwars’ assessment.

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4272

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

الدقماق, Al Dakmak, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reported injured after alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery strikes on Al Dakmak, Idlib governorate, on July 14th, 2020, according to local sources.

Ebaa News wrote that Russian forces targeted the village with “heavy artillery shells”. The Syrian Civil Defence reported that two civilians had been injured in artillery strikes, but blamed the Syrian regime.

Ebaa News added that “it is noteworthy that the campaign of aerial and artillery shelling is still ongoing on the villages and towns of Jabal Al Zawiyah, south of Idlib, since this morning [July 14th], which threatens renewed displacement waves towards the Syrian-Turkish border.”

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

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
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The injury of two civilians, with artillery shelling by the regime forces, last night, July 14, targeting the village of Al-Duqmaq, west of Hama, and this came hours after the killing of a civilian and his child and wounding 3 other children and a woman, by missile shelling of the regime in the city of Jericho, south of Idlib" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers treating wounded civilians in an ambulance after alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling on the town of Al Dakmak, Idlib governorate, on July 14th, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).

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
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4260

Incident date

March 3, 2020

Location

شلخ, Shalakh, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Shalakh on March 3rd, 2020, according to Shaam News Network.

Shaam reported that “Russian and Assad’s warplanes launched violent airstrikes targeting areas of clashes and the homes of civilians” in several cities and towns in Idlib governorate, among which Shalakh, were one killed civilian was reported.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4254

Incident date

March 1, 2020

Location

السحارة, Al Sahara, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Al Sahara on March 1st, 2020, according to the Syrian Civil Defence in Aleppo.

SCD Aleppo reported that one person was wounded in the village, west of Aleppo, as the result of Russian bombardments in the afternoon.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4255

Incident date

March 1, 2020

Location

قسطون, Qastoun, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was reportedly injured in alleged Russian air and/or artillery strikes on the village of Qastoun, Hama governorate, on March 1st, 2020, according to Smart News Agency.

Smart wrote that activists had reported an injured civilian “as a result of Russian air and sea bombing on the village of Qastoun northwest of Hama”.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4250A

Incident date

February 27, 2020

Location

سراقب, Saraqeb, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A journalist was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on Saraqib city on February 27th, 2020, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

SNHR reported that “the media activist Asmar Aslan, born in 1995, a reporter for Radio Al Kul, from Saraqeb city in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was injured as fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on the western outskirts of Saraqeb city, while he was covering battles between Syrian regime forces and their allies on one hand and factions from armed opposition on the other hand, at dawn of February 27, 2020″.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The incident occured around dawn.

  • Asmar Aslan 24 years old male reporter for Radio al Kul, from Saraqeb city injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Asmar Aslan, a reporter for Radio Al Kul, was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on Saraqeb city on February 27th, 2020 (via SNHR).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]