Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS439 RS1827

Incident date

January 11, 2017

Location

سراقب, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.859101, 36.797731 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 10 and 25 fighters of the militant group Fatah al Sham were killed – as well as a civilian policeman – and as many as six other people were injured, following an alleged airstrike in Saraqib. It is not clear whether or not the injured were civilians or members of Fatah al Sham. Sources are conflicted as to who was to blame, with many blaming the US led Coalition, and a few others blaming Russian warplanes. Some sources do not identify the aircraft.

Two cars and three bikes were the target of this raid, on a motorway leading out of Saraqib. One source named the vicinity as Jobas Junction. Another source reported that it was near a bridge.

According to the Syrian Observatory, “explosions were heard in the Saraqeb area east of Idlib, which sources said resulted from targeting by unidentified aircraft of SUVs, carrying members of a jihadi” group believed to be Fatah al Sham [formerly al Nusra], during which at least five people were killed and injured.”

LCCSY said the cars were targeted near the motorway, while Syria News Desk said seven militants were killed and two injured when two vehicles were destroyed. Step News named two militant leaders killed as Abu Anas al Masri and Abu A’krama al Tunisi. Three of the group were allegedly bothers.

Syria News reported there were two main raids, the first targeting of a pick-up vehicle belonging to Fath Al Sham Militia, near the Abu al-Thuhur bridge east of the town of Sarqib. This allegedly left five victims. The second was said to have targeted a car south of the city of Sarqib on the international highway.

Another source however claims that there were six strikes within an hour. According to Idlib Media Centre, the police officer was killed in a strike when he went to investigate the first three strikes. 

AleppoAMC called it a high impact missile attack.

In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Victims in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via @MoudaAlomar)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via SOHR )
  • Footage showing the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Orient)
  • The exact moment the alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike hit Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Amjad Bakir)
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    The aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via @fadirihawi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via @fadirihawi)
  • Ziyad Juma'a al Ahmad. killed in an alleged Coalition and Russian airstrike on Saraquib, 12th January 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via Zaitonmag)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Saraqib, 11th January 2017. (via @AbdulhaiMekhbat)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For January 10th-12th 2017, the Coalition reported no airstrikes in Idlib governorate. However unilateral US strikes against Fatah al Sham are no longer reported by the Coalition.

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 specific strikes between January 1st – 31st 2017.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]