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
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end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R4019A

Incident date

December 18, 2019

Location

الغدفة, Ghadafa, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One man was reportedly injured and died as a result of his injuries in the aftermath of an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on Ghadafa, southeastern Idlib, on December 18, 2019, during daytime.

The man was identified by several sources as Abdel Qader Al Khaled. He was injured during the airstrike and was first transferred to the hospital, where he died several days after the incident. Al Khaled’s family is allegedly affiliated to the rebels and had been displaced from Abu Al-Zuhur, according to Facebook user Rabia Abdul.

Some sources, among them @iA6TWquU3yvk2RK, claimed that the raid was conducted by the regime’s Sukhoi-22 warplanes. @oulaalassaad reported instead that regime helicopters targeted the outskirts of the town with barrel bombs. According to @Hani_Alymani, however, Russian warplanes attacked the town with vacuum missiles.

The attack reportedly caused great damage to civilian property.

The victim’s brother Al Tayeb Abu Ali Medani posted on Facebook: “Dear friends in Al-Muharrir, God has honored us with the death of my brother Abdul Qadir, and because of the harsh circumstances, we ask you not perform the duty of condolence.”

 

The incident occured during the day.

  • Abdel Qader Al Khaled Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (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

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Smoke rising in the aftermath of an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Ghadafa, December 18, 2019 (via @khaleedalkhteb)
  • The victim Abdel Qader Al Khaled in the aftermath of an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Ghadafa, December 18, 2019 (via Rabiâ Abdul).
  • The victim Abdel Qader Al Khaled in the aftermath of an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Ghadafa, December 18, 2019 (via GMC)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

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
    1 – 2
  • (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

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4420

Incident date

November 28, 2021

Location

معرزاف, Maarzaf, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and 10 children were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on the town of Maarzaf on November 28, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, 10 children, all from one family, were injured as a result of laser-guided artillery shelling against civilian homes in Maarzaf. One of the injured children was heard yelling out “I want Youssef” to one of their siblings that was still trapped under the rubble of their home.

Halab Today TV’s correspondent reported that “four children survived the bombing that targeted their house in the town of Maarzaf, indicating that ambulance teams transferred the injured to the nearest medical point in the area for treatment” after also putting there injury count at 10. Xeber24 News added that the injuries were “seriously” wounded.

A tweet from @resalapost and @thiqanewsagency identified four children as being injured in the strikes on the town of Maarzaf and both blamed the regime.

The correspondent of “Zaman al-Wasl” in Idlib said that the two brothers, “Fatima and Marwan Aref Suleiman“, were injured to varying degrees and that the parents and the civil defense teams managed to get four children out from under the rubble without any injury.

An image posted by @IdlibPlus shows three children covered in dust who were said to have escaped from the rubble of the house.

Alsouria News specifically referred to the area affected by the strikes as being a residential neighborhood and the buildings struck as being civilian homes.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime was responsible, with @Wesal_TV blaming the regime while @OmarAlMakhtar86 attributed the strikes to Russia. A tweet from @freeehsem mentioned that “rocket-propelled grenades” were used in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (22) [ collapse]

  • One of the children injured in alleged Russian strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Russian strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Russian strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Russian strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    "I want Youssef... I want Youssef..." Their young age, but their burden is large, children screaming in fear for their siblings under the rubble of their house, which was targeted by the bombing of the regime forces and Russia in the town of Maarzaf, south of Idlib today, Sunday, November 28.
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    A state of panic and fear for children who were pulled out from under the rubble as a result of Russian bombing in the morning on the town of Maarzaf, south of Idlib
  • Three of the children that escaped from the rubble of their house after strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Civilians, most of them children, were wounded as a result of the regime forces' bombing of the town of Maarzaf in Idlib countryside with Krasnopol laser shells
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction to civilian homes from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
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  • Smoke and dust from strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by @OmarAlMakhtar86)
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    One of the children injured in alleged Russian strikes on Maarzaf on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
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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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4421

Incident date

November 28, 2021

Location

كفرتعال, Kafr Taal, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and several other civilians were wounded in alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Kafr Taal on November 28, 2021.

A tweet from @anasanas84, a local Syrian reporter, identified that the initial toll from shelling of Kafr Taal was one person killed and several civilians wounded. @SRoudinah2 referred to the person killed as being a “civilian”.

Multiple other sources also referred to “civilians” being injured but none specified how many.

@Almohrar1 provided the names of two of the victims: Muhammad Ibrahim Muhammad Shahid, killed, and Yassin Khaled Al-Shalabi, injured.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with @AliAlHu69859396 attributing the shelling to Russia while @IdlibPlus blamed the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

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 man)
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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    Muhammad Ibrahim Muhammad Shahid, killed in strikes on Kafr Taal on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
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    Yassin Khaled Al-Shalabi, injured in strikes on Kafr Taal on November 28, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)

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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4418

Incident date

November 25, 2021

Location

مجدليا, Majdalia, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a woman or a child, was killed and three to four others, including women and children, were injured in alleged Russian strikes on the village of Majdalia on November 25, 2021.

Baladi News correspondent in Idlib countryside said that a warplane of the Russian Air Force launched air strikes with high-explosive missiles on the vicinity of the village of “Majdalia” and that the bombing caused the death of a woman and the wounding of three others (seem to be referring to them as being women).

A tweet from @Worldarabsnews also reported that a woman was killed in the strikes and that several other civilians were injured, including children. @zaid__hassn put the number of injuries at four and referred to them as being “olive harvest workers”. A Facebook post by Idlib Urgent also mentioned that four were injured and were in critical condition.

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided the name of the civilian killed: Mrs. Amineh al Khaled. Alshamal Alsouri also mentioned the name of Amineh as being killed and added the names of three others injured: Azzam Raed QanbMuhammad Mustafa QanbMunir Raed Qanb.

Syrian Civil Defense reported that “Ahmad, 13 years old, was wounded by air strikes while picking olives with his relatives”, adding that he was still being treated for his wounds.

While some of the sources refer to a woman being killed, Facebook posts from Shahin Mohammad and others identify a female child as being killed and provided a graphic image of a child that was said to be Amineh al Khaled, killed in the incident.

@syria55s pointed out that the location of the strikes was a workshop where olive pickers were working, with other sources also referring to the location as agricultural land.

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

The incident occured at 12:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Azzam Raed Qanb injured
  • Muhammad Mustafa Qanb injured
  • Munir Raed Qanb injured
  • Amineh al Khaled Age unknown killed
  • Ahmad 13 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by @yazansyri)
  • A martyr and a number of wounded, as a result of an air strike by the Russian occupation aircraft targeting a workshop working in olive harvest in the vicinity of the village of Majdalia in the eastern countryside of Idlib
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Graphic image of a child, identified to be Amineh al Khaled, killed in alleged Russian strikes on Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Alshamal Alsouri via Facebook)
  • Ahmad, 13 years old, was wounded by air strikes while picking olives with his relatives on the outskirts of Ma’artba’i village, south of Idlib, last Thursday, November 25. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

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
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4417

Incident date

November 24, 2021

Location

قرية عين لاروز, Ain Larouz village, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded in alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling of the village of Ain Larouz on November 24, 2021.

The Nedaa Post correspondent reported the killing of two civilians after targeting the village of “Ain Larouz” in Jabal Al-Zawiya with “Krasnopol” laser missiles, while the civil defense teams worked for many hours to retrieve the dead and wounded from under the rubble.

Macro Media Center also mentioned that civilians were injured from the shelling by regime forces but did not specify how many. @hadikhraat put the death toll at one civilian killed and also blamed the regime forces.

Al-Tariq’s correspondent identified that the civilians that were wounded had sustained wounds of varying degrees of severity.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights referred to those killed as being “Turkestans”, adding that it was unknown whether they were fighters or their family members.

Hibr Press reported that in addition to the two people killed and others wounded, houses were destroyed and Baladi News also pointed out that a mosque was affected by the shelling. A Facebook post from Abo kotar described “extensive damage”.

Sources were conflicted as to whether the regime or Russian forces were responsible, with @ShamAlmagd1991 blaming Russia while @IdlibPlus identified the regime and North Press Agency specifically pointed to the regime forces stationed in the Jorin camp. Multiple sources pointed out that Krasnopol shells were used in the attack.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The body of one of the victims of shelling on Ain Larouz village on November 24, 2021. (Image posted by @ShamAlmagd1991)
  • Civil Defense volunteers try to rescue one of the victims of shelling on Ain Larouz village on November 24, 2021. (Image posted by @ShamAlmagd1991)
  • Damage to buildings caused by shelling on Ain Larouz village on November 24, 2021. (Image posted by @MahliMurat)
  • Shelling on Ain Larouz village on November 24, 2021. (Image posted by Almayadeen)

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 – 2
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4416

Incident date

November 23, 2021

Location

قرية جوزف, Josef Village, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was injured in alleged Russian or regime shelling on Josef village on November 23, 2021.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a civilian was seriously injured and a house was damaged in an attack on Josef village. An Al-Jisr reporter stated that the civilian was seriously injured.

Syrian Civil Defense also identified one civilian as being injured, adding that the volunteers took the injured person to a hospital for treatment and put out a small fire that was caused by the shelling.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with @IdlibPlus and Syrian Civil Defense attributing the “laser-guided artillery shells” to both the regime and Russian forces while Alaraby and Nedaa Post blamed only the regime.

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
    1
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

  • A civilian was injured and a house was damaged in strikes on Josef village on November 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • A civilian was injured and a house was damaged in strikes on Josef village on November 23, 2021. (Image posted by Idlib Plus)
  • White Helmet volunteers rescue an injured volunteer after shelling on Josef village on November 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Shelling on Josef village on November 23, 2021. (Image posted by @fattumabdulfat1)

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
    1
  • 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]

Incident Code

R4415

Incident date

November 22, 2021

Location

قرية تلتيتا في جبل السماق في ريف ادلب الغربي , Tetita Village, Al Somaq Mountain, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Russian airplanes targeted Jabal Al-Summaq or “Jabal Al-Druze” (as referenced to by residents from the Druze sect), in the western countryside of Idlib, allegedly killing two people and wounding up to seven others, with vacuum missiles, on Monday November 22nd 2021.

The correspondent for Step News Agency reported that “Russian warplanes bombed with high-explosive vacuum missiles the vicinity of Talita village in Jabal Al-Summaq, east of Kafr Takhari”. Step Agency added that the residents still live in their villages as the area has not been targeted for several years.

According to a Facebook user, Suwayda24, the two civilians were called Ayman al-Qudah and Ibrahim Najdo and they were described as “young”.

Apparently, the strikes targeted workers picking olives on agricultural land and seven of those workers were injured. Although Sham News reported that “the sources pointed out that the Russian warplanes targeted the outskirts of the aforementioned village with several air raids, terrifying the residents, and causing great panic to the residents of the area, as the raids affected an agriculturl road while two civilians were passing on a motorcycle, causing their deaths.”

The incident occured during the day.

  • Ayman al-Qudah Adult male killed
  • Ibrahim Najdo Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.

Sources (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Two civilians were allegedly killed when a Russian airstrike hit the village of Talita in western Idlib on November 22nd 2021 (Image via MMS)
  • Two civilians were allegedly killed when a Russian airstrike hit the village of Talita in western Idlib on November 22nd 2021 (Image via MMS)
  • Two civilians were allegedly killed when a Russian airstrike hit the village of Talita in western Idlib on November 22nd 2021 (Image via MMS)
  • Syria Civil Defense posted a photo of the rescue operation including retrieving the bodies, after two civilians were reportedly killed by Russian airstrike on November 22nd 2021 (Image via SyriaCivilDefense / Facebook)
  • Two civilians were allegedly killed on the outskirts of Talita village by an alleged Russian airstrike on November 22nd 2021 (Image via @mahmoodtalha22 / Twitter)
  • Two civilians were killed by an alleged Russian airstrike on December 2nd 2021 (Image via @abo_aljod84 / Twitter)
  • Midani Soydaa posted a photo on Facebook of the alleged Russian airstrike which hit Talita village on November 22nd 2021.
  • Midani Soydaa posted a photo on Facebook of the alleged Russian airstrike which hit Talita village on November 22nd 2021.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.

Sources (36) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4414

Incident date

November 15, 2021

Location

كفرنوان , Kafr Noran, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.081116, 36.829799 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a child and his mother, were killed and four to five others, including three to four other children and a man, were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling of the village of Kafar Noran on November 15, 2021.

According to Hasakah News, a woman and her child were killed and four other of her children and her husband were injured in artillery shelling on a home in Kafar Noran. The correspondent for Step Agency added that the injuries were various degrees of severity and that the Syrian regime was responsible for the shelling.

Syrian Civil Defense also identified two people, a woman and a child, as being killed but put the number of injured at four, her children and her husband.

A tweet from @Ahmadmuaffaq provided the name of the young child killed: Muhammad Baha Khaled Darwish. A Facebook post from Mn.baladi also added the name of Muhammad’s mother who was killed: Umm Khaled Adnan Khaled.

Enab Baladi pointed out that Civil Defense volunteers transported the injured to the hospital and pulled out those killed from under the rubble.

Shaam News reported that following the strikes on Kafar Noran, “the rebel factions responded by targeting the strongholds of Assad’s forces in the town of Miznaz with artillery shells.”

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the artillery shelling, with Zaman Al Wasl blaming the regime forces stationed in Kafr Halab while @IdlibPlus attributed the bombing to the regime and Russia and @jabha_sy pointed to Iranian militias. The Syrian Civil Defense identified laser-guided Krasnopol shells as being used in the attack

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Umm Khaled Adnan Khaled female killed
  • Muhammad Baha Khaled Darwish Child male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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

Sources (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (22) [ collapse]

  • One of the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by HASAKAH NEWS)
  • One of the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Very graphic image of Muhammad Baha Khaled Darwish, killed from the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • One of the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Doctors treat the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @aa_arabic)
  • Doctors treat the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @aa_arabic)
  • Doctors treat the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @aa_arabic)
  • Doctors treat the victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @aa_arabic)
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    Very graphic image of Muhammad Baha Khaled Darwish, killed from the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @abdalwhab761)
  • Damage caused by the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @thiqanewsagency)
  • Damage caused by the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @thiqanewsagency)
  • Damage caused by the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @thiqanewsagency)
  • Damage caused by the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @thiqanewsagency)
  • Injured victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • Injured victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • Injured victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • Injured victims of the bombing of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • Shelling of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Shelling of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alarabiya)
  • Funeral for mother and son killed in Shelling of Kafar Noran on November 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mn.baladi via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Kafr Noran (كفرنوان), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.081116, 36.829799. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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

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