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

R4038

Incident date

December 24, 2019

Location

جوباس, Joubas, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between eight and 12 civilians including five children and two women were reported killed and seven others injured in Joubas, Idlib in Syria on December 24th, 2019 when Russian warplanes attacked a school building that is used as a shelter for displaced people in the village.

A Syrian Civil Defence statement said that “Russian warplanes launched raids on a camp for displaced persons near the village of Jobas village, east of Idlib, killing five children, two women and a man, and wounding seven others, including two children and two women.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the death toll is expected to increase as many of the wounded are in a serious condition.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 10
  • (5–6 children2–3 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Two of the children reported killed in the Russian airstrike on Jobas in Idlib (via EuphratesPost)

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
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 10
  • (5–6 children2–3 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4033

Incident date

December 22, 2019

Location

معرة النعمان , Ma'arat Al Numan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were killed and another one was wounded as the result of alleged Russian airstrikes on vehicles of displaced civilians in the city of Ma’arat Al Numan on December 22nd, 2019, according to local sources.

SMART News Agency reported that “Russian warplanes targeted the cars of the displaced and an agricultural tractor carrying a displaced family and the furniture of its house in the city of Ma’arat Al Numan (32 km south of Idlib), killing two civilians and wounding another, who was transferred to a nearby hospital’.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Name unknown Age unknown

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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 (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
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4036

Incident date

December 22, 2019

Location

معصران, Masran, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Five civilians from the same family were reported killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Ma’asaran in Idlib, Syria on December 22nd, 2019.

Local sources informed SMART agency that “five brothers were killed as a result of the bombing of Russian warplanes on their farm near the village of Masran.”

No further details are available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • 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]

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
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • 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

R4035

Incident date

December 22, 2019

Location

تلمنس, Talmens, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reported killed when a Russian warplane targeted Talmens in Idlib, Syria on December 22nd, 2019 according to local sources.

No more details are available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Incident Code

R4031a

Incident date

December 21, 2019

Location

تل منس, Tal Mannas, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two or three civilians were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Badama on December 21st, 2019, according to local sources. An unknown number of civilians was wounded.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “Hussein Hasan al Hasan and Suleiman al Halabi were killed as fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Tal Mannas town in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate”. Edlib Media Center reported three civilians killed. In addition, @ShahbaPress reported wounded civilians, but the exact number remains unclear.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Incident Code

R4030

Incident date

December 21, 2019

Location

الدير شرقي, Deir al Sharqi, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two men and one woman were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Deir al Sharqi, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019, according to local sources. An unknown number of civilians was wounded.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported that “a man, an elderly man and a woman” were killed by Russian raids targeting the village. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that one of the victims was Abdul Hadi al Hamoud, who was reportedly killed along his wife as Russian airstrikes hit their house. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the third victim was also a member of the same family.

According to @ShabhaPress, the victims were trying to move their belongings in order to flee to a less dangerous area. Step News Agency reported that, in addition to the three killed civilians, “others were wounded”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

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    Abdul Hadi Al Hamoud was killed along with his wife in alleged Russian airstrikes on their house in Deir al Sharqi village, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019 (via SNHR).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Deir al Sharqi, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Deir al Sharqi, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Deir al Sharqi, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Deir al Sharqi, Idlib governorate, on December 21st, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).

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
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4027a

Incident date

December 20, 2019

Location

جسر الشغور, Jisr Al Shughour, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Four civilians, including two children, were killed in an alleged Russian drone strike on the Jisr Al Shughur – Lattakia road near the city of Jisr Al Shughour, on December 20th, 2019, according to local sources.

Local activists reported to SMART News Agency that “Russian drones had targeted a gathering of civilians on the Jisr Al Shughour – Lattakia road, killing four civilians, including two children from one family, whose bodies were taken to nearby hospitals.”

@ShahbaPress reported that the strike had hit a civilian vehicle.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children)
  • 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, Drone Strike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children)
  • 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

R4021

Incident date

December 19, 2019

Location

سراقب, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed and five civilians were injured as a result of alleged Russian airstrikes with high explosive missiles on the industrial area of the city of Saraqib, east of Idlib, on December 19th, 2019, according to local sources.

The LCCSY reported four Russian airstrikes between 10:36 AM local time and 10:49 AM. In the second airstrike at 10:40 AM, two civilians were wounded. In the third one at 10:45, three civilians were wounded.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the airstrikes killed the civilian Saleh Al Mheimid and destroyed several shops in the area.

The incident occured between 10:36 am and 10:49 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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
  • Civilians harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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]