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
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Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3659

Incident date

July 5, 2019

Location

محمبل, Mhambel, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven to 16 civilians were reported killed, and 20 to 24 injured, in airstrikes on Mhambel, Idlib, on July 5th.

Syrian Network for Human Rights alleged that “at least 16 civilians, including ten children and four women, were killed in an intensive aerial attack by Syrian regime forces using missiles and barrel bombs on several areas in Mhambel town in Idlib governorate western suburbs, on July 5th.”

Meanwhile, Step News Agency cited “more than seven civilians killed and a number wounded, including children and women.” A number of sources referred to “dozens wounded,” while @SyrianCoaliton documented 20 injured.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “the children Arij, Saher and Samer Abdul Qader Abdul Aal were killed, along with their father and their mother Yasmin Taher Hafyan, as Syrian regime forces dropped barrel bombs on west of Mhambel town in Idlib governorate western suburbs, causing a massacre, on July 5th.”

According to this source, a doctor was also killed the airstrike, named ‘Mohammad Badr Abdul Baqi’, who succumbed to his wounds on July 8th.

@SyrianCoalition also reported that “the shelling caused fires and the destruction of homes and property, forcing large numbers of people to flee.”

Eleven sources attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, while seven others did not positively attribute blame. Two sources named both Russian forces and the Syrian regime in reporting the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 16
  • (3–10 children3–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
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    Image caption translation: "At least 10 martyrs, including 4 children and 3 women, were killed in the town of Mhambel, in addition to 20 injured persons, including 7 children and 8 women, and a large displacement of the town" after air raids by Russian forces and the Syrian regime (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Image caption translation: "At least 10 martyrs, including 4 children and 3 women, were killed in the town of Mhambel, in addition to 20 injured persons, including 7 children and 8 women, and a large displacement of the town" after air raids by Russian forces and the Syrian regime (via @SyrianCoalition)
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    Image caption translation: "At least 10 martyrs, including 4 children and 3 women, were killed in the town of Mhambel, in addition to 20 injured persons, including 7 children and 8 women, and a large displacement of the town" after air raids by Russian forces and the Syrian regime (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Image caption translation: "At least 10 martyrs, including 4 children and 3 women, were killed in the town of Mhambel, in addition to 20 injured persons, including 7 children and 8 women, and a large displacement of the town" after air raids by Russian forces and the Syrian regime (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Image Caption translation: "A man presents his relatives, including his mother, with a last look after the planes of the Assad regime carried out a massacre that left 14 people dead in the town of Mhambel in the western suburb of Idlib last night." (via Step News)
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    Image caption translation: "A painful massacre: 12 martyrs so far, with the number increasing with a large number of wounded, after the bombing of the Assad forces to civilian homes in the town of Muhambal west of Jericho" (via @so_ria98)
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    Image caption translation: "A painful massacre: 12 martyrs so far, with the number increasing with a large number of wounded, after the bombing of the Assad forces to civilian homes in the town of Muhambal west of Jericho" (via @so_ria98)
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    Image caption translation: "A painful massacre: 12 martyrs so far, with the number increasing with a large number of wounded, after the bombing of the Assad forces to civilian homes in the town of Muhambal west of Jericho" (via @so_ria98)
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    Image caption translation: "A painful massacre: 12 martyrs so far, with the number increasing with a large number of wounded, after the bombing of the Assad forces to civilian homes in the town of Muhambal west of Jericho" (via @so_ria98)
  • Image Caption: "Massacre carried out by the military aircraft and helicopters in the town of Mhambal West Idlib, on Friday, where the number of martyrs rose to 13, including 9 children."
  • Image Caption: "Massacre carried out by the military aircraft and helicopters in the town of Mhambal West Idlib, on Friday, where the number of martyrs rose to 13, including 9 children."
  • Image Caption: "Massacre carried out by the military aircraft and helicopters in the town of Mhambal West Idlib, on Friday, where the number of martyrs rose to 13, including 9 children."
  • Image Caption: "Massacre carried out by the military aircraft and helicopters in the town of Mhambal West Idlib, on Friday, where the number of martyrs rose to 13, including 9 children."
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    Image Caption: "The ascension of 13 martyrs in the massacre of Mhambal yesterday, mostly children" (via @abuhuzaifa_)
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    Image Caption Translation: "13 martyrs, including seven children and three women and wounding 20 others, after warplanes and helicopters bombard the neighborhoods of Mhambel in the village of Idlib yesterday evening. The victims are displaced from the countryside of Hama and forcibly displaced from Damascus, in addition to the people of the town." (via Syria Civil Defense) ,
  • Image Caption: "at least 16 civilians, including ten children and four women, were killed in an intensive aerial attack by Syrian regime forces using missiles and barrel bombs on several areas in Mhambel town in Idlib governorate western suburbs, on July 5th" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • The children Arij, Saher and Samer Abdul Qader Abdul Aal were killed along with their father and their mother Yasmin Taher Hafyan(via Syrian Network for Human Rights)

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

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 16
  • (3–10 children3–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]