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

R3893

Incident date

October 31, 2019

Location

دركوش, Darkoush, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three or four civilians including a member of the civil defence and a child died and as many as 12 more were wounded in an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on an ammunition depot on the outskirts of Darkoush, local media reported.

According to the Step News Agency, “Three people have been killed and others injured in explosions in weapons depots in Darkoush town of Edlib western countryside”. It blamed Russian warplanes.

The White Helmets reported that one of their volunteers, Ahmad Abdul Hamid Qubba, died “while inspecting successive explosions in the town of Darkoush this morning [Oct 31st] caused by terrorist shelling from Russia and Assad forces.”

The White Helmets gave further information on the victim: “The martyr Ahmad Abdul Hamid Qubba joined the Syrian Civil Defense on 1/3/2015. Ahmad was an active and loving element of their work. He lost his mother, niece and cousin in a regime airstrike on Darkush in 2015. In the wake of the attacks on the city of Idlib, Ahmed applied for transfer to the bridge of Shughour, to provide services there and to help civilians. Ahmad was martyred in his humanitarian work, in helping people and helping them, he was martyred days before his wedding.”

@IdlibPlus put the death toll  “including a child and a volunteer in the Civil Defense”, adding that 12 more civilians were wounded in  “a huge explosion in an ammunition depot on the outskirts of Darkoush town”. It said the cause of the explosion was unknown – most other sources blamed a Russian raid.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Darkoush, Oct 31st.
  • Translation: "The Syrian Civil Defense mourns one of its volunteers in the Idlib Directorate, Ahmad Qubba, who was elevated during his duty to inspect the successive explosions that took place in the town of Darkoush this morning." (via White Helmets)
  • Translation: "A young hero of the Syrian Civil Defense (Ahmad Qibba)is killed in Idlib while inspecting successive explosions in the town of Darkoush this morning caused by terrorist shelling from Russia and Assad forces."
  • The aftermath of the explosion at the ammunition depot in Darkoush.
  • Ahmad Abdul Hamid Qubba, White Helmets volunteer, killed in an alleged Russian or regime strike on an ammunition depot in Darloush, Oct 31st (via White Helmets)
  • Ahmad Abdul Hamid Qubba, White Helmets volunteer, killed in an alleged Russian or regime strike on an ammunition depot in Darloush, Oct 31st (via White Helmets)

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]