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

R3691

Incident date

July 16, 2019

Location

معر شورين, Ma`ar Shourien, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Eight to twelve civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien, Idlib, on July 16th. According to Step News, “the aircraft ‘Sukhoi 22’ targeted the town south of Idlib rocket-propelled grenades, killing 12 civilians, including children, and wounding other civilians”. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that three children under the age of 18 were killed in the attack.

Macro Media Center alleged “12 martyrs and more than 15 injured” in the attack, elsewhere stating that dozens had been injured and martyred. Ariha Today cited eight killed in the incident.

Syria u.a.d. stated that there were “more than 30 martyrs and wounded by the airstrike by the military aircraft of the regime on the market of Ma’arshourien, in the south of Idlib.”

Shaam News documented “nine civilians killed as a result of initial injuries, and others injured on Tuesday by aerial bombardment on the village of Ma’ar shourein in the eastern countryside of Idlib”, “amid the silence of the world”.

The same source reported that “activists said that Al-Assad military aircraft targeted civilian houses in the village of Ma’ar shourein, east of Ma’arat al-Nu’man, in several raids, which left a massacre of civilians. The civil defense teams recovered nine martyrs and wounded several others.”

Among the victims was a child who was identified by Syrian Network for Human Rights. The source reported that “at least 11 civilians were killed as Syrian regime fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on several areas (the public square, al Janoubiya square and al Janoubi neighborhood)”.

Four sources attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, and one source named Russia as the belligerent responsible for the airstrike. Meanwhile, four sources did not positively attribute blame, and another named both Russian forces and the Syrian regime in reporting the incident.

Days after the incident, Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that another civilian, Mohammad Fuad Abdul Hafez, died on July 19th due to wounds sustained on July 16th in Ma`ar Shourien.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Amjad Abdul Rahman al Ahmad Child male killed
  • Mohammad Fuad Abdul Hafez Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 18
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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

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Media
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    Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of a strike on Ma`ar Shourien, Idlib, July 16th (via Macro Media Centre)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "12 martyrs and more than 15 injured by two warships from the warplanes targeting the village of Ma'ar shourien east of Ma'arat al-Nu'man , Idlib" (via Macro Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the airstrike (via Edlib Media Centre)
  • Image Caption Translation: "More than (30) martyrs and wounded by the air strike of the military aircraft of the regime on the market of Ma’arshourien in the south of Idlib Syria" (via Syria u.a.d)
  • Alleged Syrian or Russian regime forces struck Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers searching through the rubble after an alleged Syrian or Russian regime forces struck Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers putting out a fire after an alleged Syrian or Russian regime forces struck Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Video of the first moments after an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Step News).
  • The child Amjad Abdul Rahman al Ahmad was killed in an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on Ma’ar Shoreen village on July 16th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Syrian Civil Defense forces carrying victims of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on Ma’ar Shoreen village on July 16th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams attempting to get through the rubble of the popular market in the middle of the town of Ma’arshourin after it was struck by alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on July 16th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Video of the aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on the popular market in Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • People searching through the rubble in the aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers putting out a fire in the aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers putting out a fire in the aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers putting out a fire in the aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes on Ma`ar Shourien on July 16th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Mohammad Fuad Abdul Hafez reportedly died on July 19th, due to wounds sustained on July 16th, as Syrian regime fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on several areas in Ma`ar Shourien village in Idlib (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
    8 – 18
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]