Between four and eight civilians, including three to six children and one to two women, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on IDPs living in “Maryam” refugee camp on September 7, 2021.
Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) reported that four children and two women were injured in Russian air strikes targeting the outskirts of “Maryam” camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin.
A tweet from @ZaitunAgency put the injury toll at five, including three children while @Najdat567 reported that “more than six civilians” were injured but did not specify how many. The lowest toll provided was that four civilians, three children and a woman, were injured, according the Anadolu Agency while the highest toll provided was eight civilians, including six children, one of whom was in serious condition, and a woman, according to Zaman Al Wasl.
@Almohrar1 provided the names of the civilians injured: Khadija Ziada, Reem Ziada, Aziza Ziada, Salaam Ziada. Nedaa Post added that Ali Abbas was also critically injured in the head and Reem (Al-Yousef) suffered multiple injuries and was in critical condition.
The director of “Maryam” camp, Ahmed Muhammad Abdul Rahman, confirmed in a call with Radio Al-Kul Al-Youm that the raids of the Russian warplanes resulted in the injury of a man, his wife and 4 children, all from one family. One of the children was transferred to Turkey due to the seriousness of his injury.
A video posted by the SCD rescuing a mother and her five children from under the rubbling following the strikes and they described “we rescue[d] those trapped under the rubble, there was a woman and two young girls, and their father was beside us all the time, waiting for us to see them”.
A tweet from @syria55s reported that following the strikes, Russian planes attacked the ambulance systems trying to reach and rescue the victims.
Muhammad Ali Pasha, a volunteer with the White Helmets, recounts that “within a few moments, I had to make a fateful decision, either evacuate the place and leave the children under the rubble, or put myself and my team in mortal danger” due to the continued reconnaissance planes waiting to retarget the area. When he arrived, he described “the voice of the children those who were crying under the rubble” and that he had to calm down the six year old girl under the rubble by telling her “how sweet she is and that she must be strong so that we can look at her and take her to her mother’s”.
The strikes occurred in “Maryam” refugee camp, which houses Internally Displaced Persons, and the strikes resulted in damage to several residents’ tents. Nedaa Post identified that five air strikes were carried out against the camp.
All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Russian forces and Macro Media Center specified that the Russian planes that carried out the strikes took off from the “Hmeimim” air base. 7al reported that the Russian forces used vacuum missiles in the attack.
The incident occured in the afternoon.