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
Confirmed
Fair
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R4391

Incident date

September 18, 2021

Location

الكندة, Al Kinda, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a man, was killed and others were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Kinda on September 6, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, one civilian was killed in Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Kinda.

Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the name of the civilian killed: Loay al Hajji. They also added that the strikes on Al Kinda seriously damaged multiple civilian homes, with @abo_aljod84 identifying the area that was bombed as being a residential neighborhood.

@anasanas84 added that Loay was out working to support his family when he was killed and a tweet from @mahmad_al_ommr identified Loay’s job as cutting firewood.

Various sources reported that others were injured in the airstrikes but did not identify how many civilians were injured.

The correspondent of “Zaman Al-Wasl” pointed out that two air raids were carried out on the center of the village of Al Kinda, resulting in casualties, while “4 other air raids targeted the outskirts of the town, which caused widespread destruction of civilian property, without causing any human casualties”.

All of the sources that reported on the airstrikes attributed them to Russia, with only Enab Baladi News referring to “joint bombing of the regime forces and Russia”. A tweet from @jisrtv identified vacuum missiles as being used in the attack while Baladi News referred to “high-explosive missiles”.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Russian air strikes since this morning, Saturday, September 18, targeted areas in the southern and western countryside of Idlib, causing the death of a civilian in the town of Al-Kanda in the western countryside.
  • White Helmets remove the body of a civilian killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Graphic image of the body of Loay al Hajji, killed by alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by @mhmdfaisel)
  • Loay al Hajji, killed by alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Kinda on September 18, 2021. (Image posted by @z0UdP8TRY3EZAix)

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
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4390

Incident date

September 15, 2021

Location

بلدة الحمامة, Al Hamama town, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least three children were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Hamamah on September 15, 2021.

A tweet from @alfuratyalatiqe that three children were wounded in Russian strikes near the village of Al Hamamah and that this was the preliminary result of the attack. @anasanas84 also reported that there were wounded civilians, including children, but did not identify how many.

@Almohrar1 identified the location as being near Istanbul Alan camp and put the number of raids at seven with four warplanes in the area. All of the sources attributed the strikes to Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Strikes in the vicinity of Al-Hamamah town on September 15, 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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4389

Incident date

September 15, 2021

Location

محيط بلدة الزرزور, Al Zarzour town, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and three other civilians, two children and a woman, were injured in eight alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Zarzour on September 15, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, a woman and three children were injured when eight airstrikes by Russian planes struck a poultry farm between Zarzour and Mazra. They added that White Helmet members searched the site of the strikes for any other casualties and helped those injured.

Media activist in Idlib, Bilal Bayoush, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that one of the raids hit a camp for displaced people located between the two mentioned villages, injuring three children.

@MasarPressNet and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the next day that one of the children that was injured in the strikes succumbed to his wounds. SOHR added that the child was from the “Turkistan” region.

A tweet from @Nabel_othman023 identified the location of the strikes as being near a camp for widows in the vicinity of the town of Zarzour.

All of the sources that reported on the strikes attributed the strikes to Russia and North Press Agency reported that high-explosive vacuum missiles were used in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • The survival of a media activist. While documenting the moment of a Russian air strike targeting the vicinity of the towns of Zarzour and Mazra, west of Idlib, this afternoon, Wednesday, September 15. #whitehelmets
  • White Helmets search through a damaged building following strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search through a damaged building following strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search through a damaged building following strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by @abo_aljod84)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes on a camp for widows near Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by @Nabel_othman023)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes near Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by @tommycats4)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes near Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by @tommycats4)
  • Dust and smoke from strikes on Al Zarzour town on September 15, 2021. (Image posted by @MShalabyMHZBF)

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
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4385

Incident date

September 7, 2021

Location

مخيم مريم, Maryam refugee camp, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

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.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Khadija Ziada Age unknown injured
  • Reem Ziada Child female injured
  • Aziza Ziada Age unknown injured
  • Salaam Ziada Age unknown injured
  • Ali Abbas Child male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–8
  • 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 (48) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (31) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search for injured civilians following strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search for injured civilians following strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets rescue for injured civilians following strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • "Oh God, do not be afraid...your limit is us...your limit" Breathtaking moments for the Syrian Civil Defense teams to rescue a family of a mother and her five children from under the rubble after Russian air strikes targeted them today, Tuesday 7 September, on the outskirts of Maryam camp near the city of Maarat Misrin in the northern countryside of Idlib.
  • A father is reunited with his daughter, who was stuck under the rubble following strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • A video documenting the moment Russian warplanes targeted with missiles the vicinity of the city of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib Governorate
  • Civilians were wounded as a result of Russian warplanes bombing Maryam camp near the town of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib
  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
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    Very graphic image of an injury sustained by a child in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by @a2hmmad77)
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    Very graphic image of an injury sustained by a child in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by @freeehsem)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Zaitun Agency)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Zaitun Agency)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Zaitun Agency)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Zaitun Agency)
  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Child injured in strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Smoke and dust caused by strikes on "Maryam" camp and Madjna, near the city of Maarat Misrin, on September 7, 2021. (Image posted by Radio Al Kul)
  • The injuries in #Maryam camp, most of them are women and children due to the bombing of the #Russian occupation warplanes, and I have known of them until now 1 Khadija Ziada 2 Reem Zyadeh 3 Aziza Ziada 4 salaam theidah
  • We count God and yes agent injuries in #Maryam camp as a result of targeting the camp by the #Russian occupation aircraft 1_ Khadija Ziada 2_ Reem Ziyadeh 3_ Aziza Ziada 4_ Salam Ziada

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
    4–8
  • 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 (48) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4383

Incident date

September 4, 2021

Location

الرامي, Al Rami, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one child was injured in alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the town of Al Rami on September 4, 2021.

The Al-Jisr Network correspondent reported that a child was injured by Russian warplanes bombing on the outskirts of the town of Al-Rami.

Baladi News added that the child was injured to varying degrees and that he was taken to the nearest medical point by the Civil Defense teams.

Macro Media Center provided the name of the child injured: Abdo Ahmed Asali and a correspondent for Zaman Al Wasl added that he was eight years old.

Syrian Civil Defense identified the location of the strikes as being on a poultry farm. According to Zaman Al Wasl, the bombings occurred “close to the lines of contact separating Assad’s forces and the Syrian opposition within the Jabal al-Zawiya area”.

All of the sources blamed the strikes on Russia and Zaman Al Wasl identified a Russian (Sukhoi-35) warplane as being used in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami on September 4, 2021. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami on September 4, 2021. (Image posted by @13_r13)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Rami (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami on September 4, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • A child was injured, in Russian air strikes, targeting a poultry farm on the outskirts of the village of Al-Rami in the southern countryside of Idlib, today, Saturday, September 4th.

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
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4382

Incident date

September 3, 2021

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and one to two others were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes while grazing a flock of sheep on the outskirts of Kansafra on September 3, 2021.

Idlib Plus reported that the child “Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk” was killed in Russian airstrikes on the town of Kansafra. Syrian Network for Human Rights identified Ali as being 12 years old and Zaman Al Wasl News said that Ali died from “severe wounds he sustained in the abdomen and pelvis, as well as bleeding in the vertebral arteries and vertebral veins”.

Shaam News added that in addition to the child that was killed, a man was also injured in the bombing and North Press Agency provided the name of the injured young man: Youssef al-Najjar, resident of Kansafra. Both were with a flock of sheep on the outskirts of the village when the attack occurred, which also killed many of the sheep. Syrian Civil Defense added that both tended to sheep to support their families.

Edlib Media Center put the victim toll from the strikes at one child killed and two others injured. The correspondent for Radio Al Kul added that the two wounded were between light and medium injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The correspondent of “Zaman Al-Wasl” in Idlib identified the child that was killed’s father as also sustaining wounds to varying degrees.

Firas Khalifa, the media official in the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), told Anadolu Agency that the bombing targeted a farm for raising animals and a workshop for making bricks.

A tweet from @Tiger_forces_ identified “terrorist gatherings and headquarters in the vicinity of the town of Kansafra” as the location of the strikes but provided no other information.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Russia. Anadolu Agency reported that the “Aviation Tracking Observatory” of the Syrian opposition stated, on its social media accounts, that a Russian plane took off at around 10 am this morning, local time, from Hmeimim Airport in Lattakia Governorate (west) and bombed the village of Kansafra in the southern countryside of Idlib Governorate.

Macro Media Center identified “vacuum missiles” as being used in the airstrikes. “Nedaa Post” correspondent said that the southern outskirts of the village of Kansafra were targeted with three raids.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk 12 years old male killed
  • Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk's father Adult male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • The death of the child "Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk" as a result of targeting the town of Kansafra in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the Idlib countryside, with Russian air strikes. (Image posted by @IdlibPluss)
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    Graphic image of the child Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk, killed in airtrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
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    Sheep that were killed in an airstrike on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • The death of the child "Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk" as a result of targeting the town of Kansafra in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the Idlib countryside, with Russian air strikes. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Animals that were killed in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Crater caused by airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Animals that were killed in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets help victims of the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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  • Smoke and dust from the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Smoke and dust from the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Civilians killed and injured in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)

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
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4380

Incident date

August 26, 2021

Location

طفس, Tafas, Daraa, Syria

Airwars assessment

A major bombardment of the town of Tafas in Daraa caused up to three civilian deaths and up to six more injuries, according to extensive local reporting. Both the Assad regime and to a lesser extend Russia were blamed for the attacks.

Horan Free Media, citing its local correspondent, initially described the death of one young civilian male and six injuries “including critical cases” in the attack. The Syrian Observatory also described the deaths of a man and woman.

All sources were agreed on one fatal victim, 26 year old Hafeza Mar’i al-Rabadawi, a woman. Horan for example noted that “a medical source from Tafas Hospital told the Ahrar Horan Gathering that the woman, Hafeza Mar’i al-Rabadawi, died directly as a result of the bombing, while all 6 injured people were treated in the city hospital.”

Adding some confusion to reporting, a second woman’s death – that of Sabah al-Bardan – was also initially claimed by the outlet, though this was later denied on its own Telegram channel, which reported that Ms al-Bardan was in fact alive. The Syrian Network instead reported the death of Ms al-Bardan, as did several other local sources.

A third fatal victim was named by several sources including Qasioun as Samir Reshan Al-Zoubi, a young man.

The White Helmets, which posted a video showing at least six strikes on the town, declared that “Civilians were killed and wounded in a major military escalation by the regime and Russia forces on the city of Tafas in Daraa governorate.” Halab Today said that more than 30 missiles had targeted the town, while Thiqa News claimed that 50 missiles had struck. It was one of several local sources to report three civilian deaths.

In a separate video, Shaam News showed what it described as “the state of panic and fear among the students, after missile shelling by the Fourth Division militias on the vicinity of a school during work hours in Tafas city.”

The Syrian Network condemned what it said was “the bombing of civilian-populated areas by the Syrian regime which fails to distinguish between populated civilian areas and military targets, resulting in the destruction of homes that threatens and forcibly displaces the residents of those areas.”

Baladi News was alone in suggesting the attack may have been in response to local rebel actions, noting that “The area is witnessing a security alert by regime forces, after a military vehicle was targeted with an explosive device on the Nawa – Sheikh Maskin road, west of Daraa, and the regime’s ranks were killed and wounded.”

The incident occured in the morning.

  • Hafeza Mar’i al-Rabadawi 26 years old female killed
  • Sabah al-Bardan Adult female Reported as either killed or injured injured
  • Samir Reshan Al-Zoubi Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • Reported victim of Regime and/ or Russian strikes on Tafas on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Medics attend to a victim of a Russian or Regime strike on Tafas, August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free News)
  • 'The moment the Fourth Division militias bombed Tafas, 26th August 2021' (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • Damage caused to Tafas by Regime and/ or Russian shelling on August 26th 2021 (via Horan Free Media)
  • 'Less than two days after the signing of a settlement agreement in #Daraa, direct scenes from the bombing of the Assad militia on the town of #Tafas'
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    '#Daraa: More than thirty treacherous missiles fell on the city of Tafas within minutes. There are a lot of injured'
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    Unidentified injured male reportedly harmed in Regime and/ or Russian strikes on Tafas, August 26th 2021 (via @syria7ra)
  • '#Urgent #Daraa The death of a woman and the injury of 6 civilians as Assad's militias targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of Tafas, west of Daraa, with rocket launchers.'
  • '3 martyrs so far and 7 wounded in Tafas city 1- The martyr Samir Tarshan Al-Zoubi (M) 2- The martyr Hafiza Al-Salkhadi (F) 3- The martyr Sabah Halima (F) #Battle of dignity '

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4340

Incident date

July 12, 2021

Location

حميمات, Hmeimat, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a 10 year old girl, was killed and one or two of her siblings were injured in alleged Russian and/ or regime artillery or rocket strikes on the village of Hmeimat on July 12, 2021.

@IdlibPlus reported on “the death of a girl and the injury of two other children as a result of heavy artillery shelling by the regime forces based in or near Jorin camp on Hmeimat village”. A video published by the same outlet (see below) showed at least five apparent targets struck in the village.

The deceased victim was named by @spc_fr as Jamila Yasser Al-Jassem, who it said was killed during an attack on the Jorin camp within the village. OGN Arabic published a video of Jamila which it said had been taken just 24 hours before her death. @anasanas84 said that Jamila was ten years old, while local source Hadi Khraat said the two unnamed injured victims were also from the same family.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported one child killed and one injured in the attack, noting: “A girl, named as Jamileh Yaser al Jasem, was killed and her brother was injured when Syrian regime artillery forces fired shells on Hmaimat village in Sahl al Ghab in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on July 12, 2021. SNHR notes that this shelling is a breach of the ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020.”

The local White Helmets instead reported “that the bombing led to the killing of a girl and the injury of two girls from the same family,” according to Syria TV. Instead, Fresh Syria News said both siblings were brothers of Jamila.

The Anadolu Agency blamed the attack on regime forces, noting that two injured children were treated at a local hospital. According to Enab Baladi News, the attacks began at dawn: “At five in the morning, the Al-Ghab Plain witnessed artillery shelling that focused on the villages of Hemeimat, Qastoun, Qalidin, and Zaqqum, north of the Al-Ghab Plain, according to what Ammar Abu Al-Hassan, a worker at the Unified Observatory in northern Syria, told Enab Baladi. As a result, civilian homes were destroyed, especially in the village of Hmeimat, which received the largest share of the bombing. The source of the artillery bombardment was members of the regime forces located in the Jorin camp and the village of Al-Darabila, northwest of Hama governorate.”

The incident occured at approximately 5:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Jamila Yasser Al-Jassem 10 years old female killed
  • Brother of Jamila Child male Possibly female according to one source injured
  • Unnamed relative Child female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • A girl was killed and two girls, all from the same family, were killed, by missile strikes by the regime and Russia forces that targeted their house in the village of Hmeimat in the Al-Ghab Plain, this morning, Monday, July 12, and the town of Qastoun was subjected to artillery shelling on its residential neighborhoods, without causing any casualties.
  • 'Jamila was killed as a result of the bombing of the Russian occupation forces and the militias of #Bashar_Assad, while she was sleeping in her home this morning in the village of Hmeimat. This video of her was filmed less than 24 hours before her murder.'
  • 'The effects of destruction as a result of the Russian artillery shelling on the village of Hmeimat, southwest of Idlib'
  • Image of Jamila (circled) via @anasanas84

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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (23) [ collapse]