Russian Military in Syria

A Russian combat aircraft at Khmeimim airbase in Syria being prepared for action. (Russian Ministry of Defence)

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Russian military
Country
Syria
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Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3814

Incident date

August 17, 2019

Location

دير شرقي, Dier Sharqi, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Six to eight civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Dier Sharqi, Idlib, on August 17th.

A number of sources stated that all casualties were from the same family, and included only women and children.

Shaam News reported “a horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime’s warplanes in the eastern town of Deir Sharqi, Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded.”

According to Step News Agency, the “seven people who lost their lives in the aerial bombardment of the town of Deir al-Sharqi are all from the same family, namely the family of Hamoud Ibrahim Hamoud, known as “Abu Moaz”, namely: Ibrahim Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Majd Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Mohammed Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Ahmad. Hamoud Hamoud, Hamsa Hamoud Hamoud, Hudaiba Hamoud Hamoud, and Ghada Hamoud Hamoud.

Meanwhile, Smart News stated that the attack killed “five children, their mother, and another woman”, and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the killing of “a woman and her 6 children.”

Sources predominantly attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, yet a number 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 (7)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (4–8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on Dier Sharqi, August 17th (via White Helmets)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image caption translation: "A horrific massacre perpetrated by the regime's warplanes in the eastern town of Deir in the sharqi in countryside of Idlib, the toll of which is 8 martyrs from one family, all children, women and a number of wounded." (via Shaam News)
  • Image Caption: "Syrian regime committed a massacre in al Deir al Sharqi village in Idlib, on August 17 SNHR: at least six civilians (five children and their mother) were killed as Syrian regime fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on north of al Deir al Sharqi village in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on August 17, 2019." (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four children and two women were killed and two others were injured in a horrific massacre committed by warplanes after targeting civilian houses in Deir Al-Sharqi town of Idlib countryside this afternoon." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four children and two women were killed and two others were injured in a horrific massacre committed by warplanes after targeting civilian houses in Deir Al-Sharqi town of Idlib countryside this afternoon." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four children and two women were killed and two others were injured in a horrific massacre committed by warplanes after targeting civilian houses in Deir Al-Sharqi town of Idlib countryside this afternoon." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four children and two women were killed and two others were injured in a horrific massacre committed by warplanes after targeting civilian houses in Deir Al-Sharqi town of Idlib countryside this afternoon." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image caption translation: "7 martyrs of civilians from the same family as a result of the Syrian warplanes targeting Al-Deir Al-Sharqi town of southern Idlib countryside by air strike." (via @IdlibPlus)
  • Image caption translation: "7 martyrs of civilians from the same family as a result of the Syrian warplanes targeting Al-Deir Al-Sharqi town of southern Idlib countryside by air strike." (via @IdlibPlus)
  • Image caption translation: "7 martyrs of civilians from the same family as a result of the Syrian warplanes targeting Al-Deir Al-Sharqi town of southern Idlib countryside by air strike." (via @IdlibPlus)
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    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
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    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
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    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption Translation: "7 Martyrs, Most of them Children, as a result of Warplanes Shelling with Vacuum Rockets Residential neighborhoods of Deir Al-Sharqi town in Ma'rat Al-Nouman Al-Sharqi countryside, south of Idlib." (via Macro Media Center)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (4–8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]