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

R3379

Incident date

February 19, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In a renewed artillery bombardment of Khan Sheikhoun, between four and five civilians were killed, including three from one family, and others were injured, following a strike on a bakery.

Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame, some attributing blame Russia, while others blamed the Syrian regime.

Huge fires broke out, according to video evidence published by Alarbay.

There were no specific numbers of wounded reported.

As many as 50 shells were fired on the vicinity, according to local media.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • An artillery bombardement on Khan Sheikhoun, 19th February 2019. (via Ahrar)
  • A news bulletin reporting on the artillery bombardement on Khan Sheikhoun, 19th February 2019. (via Orient News)
  • A news bulletin reporting on the artillery bombardement on Khan Sheikhoun, 19th February 2019. (via JisirTV)
  • The aftermath of the artillery bombardement on Khan Sheikhoun, 19th February 2019. (via Alaraby)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between February 1st – 31st 2019.

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
    4 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]