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

R4257

Incident date

March 2, 2020

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed and up to three civilians were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShahbaPress reported “a civilian martyr and major material damages due to Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish in Idlib countryside”. The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the victim as Rami Haj Hamdan. The SNHR added that the missiles landed near the hospital of Islamic Medical Complex, partially damaging its building and equipment.

Edlib Media Center reported one killed civilian and two injured civilians as the result of Russian missile airstrikes. Step News Agency reported three injured civilians.

The White Helmets reported that they were “targeted” by a Russian airstrike while inspecting locations of the raid on Binnish, resulting in damage to their vehicle.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

  • Major damage was reported after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • A damaged vehicle following an alleged Russian airstrike on Binnish, March 2nd (via White Helmets)
  • A damaged vehicle following an alleged Russian airstrike on Binnish, March 2nd (via White Helmets)
  • A damaged vehicle following an alleged Russian airstrike on Binnish, March 2nd (via White Helmets)

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
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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

R4256

Incident date

March 2, 2020

Location

الفوعة, Al Fou’a, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between six and eleven civilians were reportedly killed and at least ten civilians were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the market of the town of Al Fou’a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShabhaPress reported nine martyrs and more than ten wounded civilians after Russian airstrikes. @so_ria98 tweeted: “The death toll of the massacre of Al Fo’a town has risen to 11 civilians, as a result of missile strikes by Russian warplanes targeting the city’s market.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified two of the victims as Muhammad Fadi al Hafyan and Abdou Abu Fayyad. According to SNHR, “fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on their place near a military site of a faction of the armed opposition in al Fou’a city in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on March 2.”

All other sources put the death toll at nine, with the exception of Shaam News Agency, who reported six killed civilians. All sources reported Russia as the belligerent. EMC reported that the Russian forces used rockets.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping a presumbably injured man after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching the rubble after after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via SCD).

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
    6 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4251

Incident date

February 28, 2020

Location

سراقب, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians including a child were reported killed and two other civilians injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on Saraqib in Idlib, Syria on February 28th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “at least three civilians, including a child, were killed on February 28th, as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on a residential building in Saraqeb city in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, while they turned to check their houses after faction of the armed opposition- supported by Turkish forces- seize control over the city on February 26th.”

 

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

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
    3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4246

Incident date

February 26, 2020

Location

كفرعويد, Kafar Awaid, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Five civilians were reportedly killed and more than ten civilians injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Kafr Awaid, Idlib governorate,o n February 26th, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShabhaPress reported five killed civilians and more than ten wounded on the town of Kafr Awaid, in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Shaam News Network reported that “a car was directly targeted by the Russian warplanes, leaving martyrs and wounded, at a time when no one was able to reach the area to rescue them, due to the intense bombing of the roads and the monitoring by Russian reconnaissance warplanes”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

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
    5
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4245

Incident date

February 26, 2020

Location

أرنبة, Arinba, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three or four civilians, including women and children, were reported killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on a vehicle carrying displaced civilians near the village of Arinba on February 26th, 2020, according to local sources. Others were reportedly wounded.

Shaam News Network reported that Russian airstrikes targeted the vehicle, “leaving four civilians, including women and children, dead and others injured”. Shaam added that Civil Defence teams were able to reach the victims despite difficulty due to road monitoring and continuous targeting.

Shabha Press reported that “three civilians, including a woman, were killed and others wounded as a result of raids by Russian occupation planes on the village of Arinba in the southern Idlib countryside”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (5) [ collapse]

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
    3 – 4
  • (2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4236

Incident date

February 24, 2020

Location

الفطيرة, Al Fatira, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reported killed and an unknown number of civilians reportedly wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas of the town of Al Fatira, Idlib governorate, on February 24th, 2020, according to Idlib Plus.

@ShahbaPress reported on February 24th “Two martyrs and civilians were wounded in air strikes of the Russian occupation on the town of Al Fatira in the southern Idlib countryside.”

@IdlibPlus tweeted “civilians wounded and trapped under the rubble as a result of Russian warplanes targeting residential neighbourhoods with airstrikes in the town of Al Fatira” on February 24th.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (2) [ collapse]

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
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4239

Incident date

February 24, 2020

Location

كفرنبل, Kafranbel, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed and others injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafr Nubul in Idlib, Syria on February 24th, 2020, according to local sources.

Step Agency reported that “A civilian was killed and others wounded by a Russian airstrike on the city of Kafr Nabl in the southern Idlib countryside.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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

Sources (2) [ collapse]

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
  • 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

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4232

Incident date

February 22, 2020

Location

جوزف, Jouseph, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and an unknown number of civilians, including a woman, were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Jouseph in the southern countryside of Idlib on February 22nd, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShahbaPress reported that “a child is killed and other civilians are wounded as a result of raids by Russian occupation planes on the village of Jouseph in the southern Idlib countryside”. Step News Agency tweeted that a number of civilians were wounded in the alleged Russian strikes.

According to SMART News Agency, the Syrian Civil Defence reported that “a woman was injured as a result of bombing by Russian warplanes on the village of Jouseph, indicating great damage to homes and property of civilians”.

Syrialiveuae Map  said that a child was wounded.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

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
    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

Sources (5) [ collapse]

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
    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

Sources (5) [ collapse]