A major airstrike on Idlib city killed up to 30 civilians and injured up to 300 more. Reports blamed both Russia and the US-led Coalition for the attack. The Coalition has expressly denied any involvement – though a unilateral US action remains possible.
The attack – which reportedly involved both airstrikes and missiles – caused massive casualties. However attribution was accused. Most blamed Russia – including Idlib Media Center, LCCSY, Halab Today, Step News, Shaam News, Idlib Media Centre, the Syrian Network and Al Araby.
Others said both the Coalition and Russia were responible – including Syria News, Baladi News, the Syrian Observatory and Al Jazeera. All for Syria was alone in blaming the Assad regime – though a later report went on to blame Russia and the Coalition – while the White Helmets did not attribute responsibility.
Complicating attribution, Russia later denied any role in the attack.
A later video by Halab Today referred to destruction caused by both “Russian and Coalition” warplanes.
Syria News Desk also reported that the warplanes were “believed to belong to Russia and the Coalition”.
Step reported: “Our correspondent pointed out that among the Russian raids were two raids by the international coalition which targeted Sheikh Abu Al Qassem al Muhajer who is a member of Haiat Tahrir al Sham [formerly Fatah al Sham Front] injuring him. He was rescued from under the rubble.”
Baladi went further, reporting that “We received from the observatories the information which is semi confirmed that there was coordination between the coalition and Russian planes. This was what the observatories confirmed.”
Alaraby reported that Russian warships and warplanes were responsible.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “it is not known whether they were Russian warplanes or warplanes of the international coalition, or if they were a combination of both.”
In its May 2017 report the Coalition denied responsibility: “Feb. 7, 2017, near Idlib, Syria, via social media report: No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties. The closest strike to the report of possible civilian casualties was 90 km away.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
Family members (5)
- Raghad Hassan Abd al Rahman Age unknown female killed
- Hala Hassan Abd al Rahman Child female killed
- Jana Hassan Abd al Rahman Child female killed
- Hussein Dibo Abd al Rahman Age unknown male killed
- Nour Hassan Abd al Rahman Age unknown
Family members (2)
- Amal Mohammad Ali Mheir Age unknown female From Binnish killed
- Jamila Mohammad Ali Mheir Age unknown female From Binnish killed
Family members (2)
- Hanan al Omar Moussa Child female killed
- Rim Mouayid Martini Age unknown female killed
- Leila Al A’ri Age unknown female Muslim al Zeir's wife killed
- Mouna Hajj Othman Age unknown female killed
- Bassel Koki Child male killed
- Ibrahim al Zeir Child male killed
- Souad Arab Age unknown female Muslim al Zeir's mother killed
- Arij al Zeiz Age unknown female Muslim al Zeir's daughter killed
- Alaa Mheimid Age unknown female killed
- Mohammad Jamal Gharir Age unknown male killed
- Noura Abd al Dayem Age unknown female killed
- Mohammad Maher Shihab Child male killed
- Moayid Bin Wahid Martini Age unknown male killed
Sources (64) [ collapse]
Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Apr 30, 2017
No Coalition strikes were conducted on that day in the geographic area of the reported civilian casualties. The closest strike to the report of possible civilian casualties was 90 km away.
Original strike reports
For February 6th-8th the Coalition reported no strikes in Idlib governorate. However unilateral US strikes are no longer reported by CJTFOIR.