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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Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3862

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

معرة النعمان, Ma’aret Al Nu’man, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In what local media described as “a massacre”, as many as 13 civilians including up to five children and two women died and another 34 were wounded in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Ma’aret Al Nu’man. According to the Smart News Agency, 47 civilians were killed and wounded in the event.

Euphrates Post put the death toll at 13 including “five brothers”. In one post it blamed Russia, but in another it said that the regime was responsible.

According to the Step News Agency, “the regime’s warplanes committed a massacre against civilians in Ma’aret al-Nu’man city in the southern countryside of Idlib this evening [Aug 28th]. Abdullah Abu Ali, a Step News correspondent said that a SU-24 warplane dropped its cargo of eight vacuum rockets at once in Ma’aret al-Nu’man, killing 10 civilians, including five members of the family – a mother and her children. Another 23 civilians, mostly children, were wounded to varying degrees”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also blamed the regime, putting the death toll at 12 including two women and six children.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammed Al-Shinah Abu Hamdo Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 13
  • (2–6 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan in Syria, August 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
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    The aftermath of an alleged vacuum missile strike by the regime on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged vacuum missile strike by the regime on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via EMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of a strike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    The bodies of children following airstrikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via SN4HR)

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
    9 – 13
  • (2–6 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]