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
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3986

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

تل الطوقان, Tal Al Touqan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

An unspecified number of civilians were wounded in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Tal Al Touqan, according to local media.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3985

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

البليصة, Al Baliysa, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Idlib Plus reported: “four men were injured in al-Balaysa village in eastern Idlib countryside, when Russian warplanes conducted an air strike by the village school, partially destroying it”.

No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    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

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3982

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

كفرنبل, Kafar Nabil, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One person reportedly died and civilians were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on December 4th, 2019. It is unclear whether the killed person was a civilian or combatant.

Shaam News Network reported “one martyr” in Kafar Nabil due to violent Russian and Syrian regime air raids. @ShahbaPress reported that civilians were wounded, but pointed to Syrian helicopters as the belligerent.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3984

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

حاس, Hass, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Idlib Plus said that a man was injured in an alleged Russian airstrike on Hass.

No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    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

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3980

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

النهر الأبيض, Nahr Abyad, Jisr Al Shughour, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

An unknown number of civilians were reportedly injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib governorate, on December 4th, 2019.

Shaam News Network reported that “activists said that heavy airstrikes by Russian warplanes targeted the Nahr Abyad area in the Jisr al-Shughur area, leaving wounded civilians”.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Photo taken after alleged Russian airstrike on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr Al Shughur on December 4th, 2019 (via JMC on Facebook).
  • Photo taken after alleged Russian airstrike on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr Al Shughur on December 4th, 2019 (via JMC on Facebook).
  • Photo taken after alleged Russian airstrike on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr Al Shughur on December 4th, 2019 (via JMC on Facebook).
  • Photo taken after alleged Russian airstrike on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr Al Shughur on December 4th, 2019 (via JMC on Facebook).
  • Photo taken after alleged Russian airstrike on the Nahr Abyad area in Jisr Al Shughur on December 4th, 2019 (via JMC on Facebook).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3979

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

كفرسجنة, Kafrsijna, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were killed and two or three others injured by alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Kafrsijna, Idlib governorate, on December 4th, 2019, according to several local sources.

A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer told Smart News that “Russian warplanes targeted a group of workers who were working in the olive harvest in the village of Kafrsijna south of Idlib city, killing three of them and wounding three others”. The source added that the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital and that SCD volunteers were still searching the site of the bombing for victims underneath the rubble. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there was a child among the killed victims.

Idlib Plus reported three killed and three wounded men. The Step News Agency correspondent reported the same number of killed civilians, but only two injured civilians.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3981

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

سراقب,, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians including children died and up to 11 more civilians were wounded in multiple alleged regime or Russia airstrikes on Saraqib, according to local media. The strikes hit residential areas and caused significant destruction.

All sources but one blamed the Assad regime, however, the Shaam News Network said that Russia also “carried out very violent raids” in Idlib, including in Saraqib.

Idlib Plus reported: “In the city of Saraqeb, a child was killed and 11 others, including four children, were wounded in an aerial bombardment by Assad’s forces. There were six air strikes at one time, which resulted in significant destruction of civilian property.”

The Step news agency added that a “civilian working as a teacher” was killed in addition to a child – and that “dozens of others” were wounded.

According to the Smart News Agency, two children died.

:

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ayman Al-Omar 6 years old male killed
  • hmad Al-Omar 12 years old male injured
  • Mohammad Obeidin 60 years old male injured
  • Samah Ghannoum 18 years old female injured
  • Fatima Kafr Tony 5 years old female injured
  • Imad Qadouni 40 years old male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (34) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The moment the Su-22 warplanes targeted the city of Saraqeb in the eastern countryside of Idlib, which resulted in the death of a martyr and several wounded" (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via SO4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime airstrike on Saraqib, Dec 4th (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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3967

Incident date

November 30, 2019

Location

كفرنبل, Kafrnobl, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman was reported injured in an alleged Russian airstrike on Kafarnubul in Idlib, Syria on November 30th 2019, according to local sources.

No further details are available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]