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
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

RS3604

Incident date

March 13, 2019

Location

الكسيح, Al-Kaseeh, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian casualty incident, up to 17 civilians including as many as eight children and four women across multiple families died in alleged Russia airstrike on residential areas in Al Kaseeh area in Idlib, local media reported. Up to another 50 civilians including many women and children were also injured.

Sources said that the strikes occurred in the al Kasih area in the middle of Idlib city and the Al Qousor area. Multiple reports said that civilian buildings had been struck and sources published images showing widespread destruction to the area.

The White Helmets said that they’d worked nine hours continuously to rescue victims after four Russian raids. They said that they’d “managed to retrieve the bodies of 15 civilians, including 8 children and 2 women, and rushed 49 wounded people to hospitals, including 17 women and 7 children.”

According to the Smart News Agency, “the bombing focused on the perimeter of a government building and the nearby electricity company. Residential buildings collapsed and killed eight people including women and children. and destroy them killing eight people, including women and children in the initial toll.” The source noted that these were “the first to target the city of Idlib since March last year.”

Most sources put the death toll in the range of 12 to 17 with dozens more wounded.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 17
  • (5–8 children1–4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–50
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Smoke rises above Idlib city on March 13th following alleged Russian airstrikes (via Euphrates Post)
  • Smoke rises above Idlib city on March 13th following alleged Russian airstrikes (via Euphrates Post)
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    Scene from Idlib following alleged Russian strikes, March 13th
  • Scene from Idlib following alleged Russian strikes, March 13th
  • 'Russian missiles in Idlib'
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    A father weeps over a child killed in an alleged Russian strike on Idlib. march 13th 2019 (via Step)
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    A man is rescued alive by the White Helmets following alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib city, March 13th 2019 (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib city, March 13th 2019 (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib city, March 13th 2019 (via EMC)
  • Fires blaze in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th (via Halab)
  • More scenes of destruction following alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib, March 13th 2019 (via SN4HR)
  • A wounded child following an alleged Russian strike on Idlib, March 13th 2019 (via SN4HR)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Images from the White Helmets of the rescue attempts in Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes, March 13th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Destruction in the aftermath of an alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest).
  • Fires as a result of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
  • Fires as a result of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
  • Fires as a result of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
  • Fires as a result of alleged Russian airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
  • SCD volunteers responding after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019. (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
  • SCD volunteers responding after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019. (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
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    An image showing a burned body most likely of a civilian killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright Smart, published in the public interest.)
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    Two women, not clear if SCD volunteers or from the public, wrapping a dead body, most likely of a civilian killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
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    A dead body that seems to be in a hospital in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • An image showing smoke in the sky after alleged airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • An image showing raids on Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via Orient).
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    A dead body in a hospital after alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on March 13th, 2019 (via Fouad)
  • A child injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime raids on Idlib in March 13th, 2019 (via Bahaa)
  • Image of alleged Russian missiles believed to have been used in attacks on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via Fouad)
  • Images of alleged Russian missiles believed to have been used in attacks on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via Fouad)
  • Images of alleged Russian missiles believed to have been used in attacks on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via Fouad)
  • Images of alleged Russian missiles believed to have been used in attacks on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via Fouad)
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via EMC)
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via EMC)
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in Idlib on March 13th, 2019 (via EMC)

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
    8 – 17
  • (5–8 children1–4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–50
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]