Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

IRS003 R3949A

Incident date

November 20, 2019

Location

مخيم قاح, Qah refugee camp, near Syrian-Turkish border, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian harm incident, up to 30 civilians including seven children and three women (many of whom were from the same family) died and up to 50 more were wounded in an alleged Assad regime or Iranian strike on Qah refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, according to multiple local sources.

The Step News Agency reported: “Iranian militia based in the Iranian base of Jabal Azzan in the southern Aleppo countryside on Wednesday targeted a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Qah on Wednesday [Nov 20th]

“The reporter cluster land-to-ground missiles shelled the area, striking a gathering of displaced persons tents. This resulted in the deaths of seven civilian and injury of dozens more in an initial count”.

@IdlibPlus also blamed “Iranian militias”, while Nors For Studies said that a huge explosion “was caused by cluster munitions fired from al-Assad and Iran militia”.

Other sources, including the Smart News Agency, blamed the regime. According to Smart, “Dozens of civilians were killed and wounded Wednesday [Nov 20th] in rocket shelling  by Syrian regime forces on a camp for displaced people in Qah village (50 km north of Idlib) near the Syrian-Turkish border.”

@abuhuzaifa_ tweeted that a Russian missile was fired by Iranian militia. However, the Syrian Human Rights Committee blamed the Russians for the incident reporting on Dec 11th 2019 that “In Idlib Governorate, a child died from wounds caused by a previous Russian bombing targeting the Qah border camp on the Syrian-Turkish border.”

Sources said that “large fires” broke out in tents.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Nawara Mamoun Qaytum Child from Hass killed
  • Hor Mamoun Qaytum Child female from Hass killed
  • Mother of Nawara Mamoun Qaytum and Hor Mamoun Qaytum killed

Family members (6)

  • Yousef Jamal Asali Child from Al Rami killed
  • Amal Mustafa Asali Child from Al Rami killed
  • Maha Hamza Asali Child from Al Rami killed
  • Jamal Ismail Asali Child from Al Rami killed
  • Ismail Jamal Asali Adult male from Al Rami killed
  • Hamza Musab al-Ibrahim Child killed

Family members (2)

  • The wife of Hassan Al Diab Adult female killed
  • Rima Hassan Al-Diab Child female from Kafr Zita killed
  • Maysa Nazir al-Yahya Adult female from Hass killed
  • Lamia Abboud Adult female from Hass. May the wife of Hassan Al Diab killed
  • Sana Ahmed Moussa Adult female killed
  • Diab Mounir Adult male from Qah killed
  • Nouria Kaddour 50 years old female killed
  • Massa Hamida Al Khaled 43 years old female killed
  • Zahra Abdel Sattar Qentar 40 years old female killed
  • Abdo Abdel Fattah 12 years old male killed
  • Abdul Karim al-Da’ef Child male Later died from his wounds. killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 30
  • (7 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of the alleged Iranian strike on Qah refugee camp, Nov 20th.
  • "Images of remnants of the rocket fired on a camp for displaced people in Qah, north of Idlib, near the Syrian-Turkish border"
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    Translation: "The number of martyrs in the massacre of Qah refugee camp increased to 12, including 7 children, 3 women and 30 injured in an untold toll, bringing the number of martyrs throughout Idlib on Wednesday to 20 civilians and 46 injured"
  • Footage from the aftermath of the strike.
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: "Some of the pictures of children who were killed by the bombing of Iranian militias on the camp".
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    Further footage of the aftermath of the strike.
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    Further footage of the aftermath of the strike.
  • "According to sources: Rockets originating from defense factories east of Aleppo hit Qah camp north of Idlib" (via SO4HR)
  • The White Helmets said "large fires" broke out in tents following the strike on Qah camp (via White Helmets)
  • Fires at Qah refugee camp following the Nov 20th strike (via EMC)
  • Fires at Qah refugee camp following the Nov 20th strike (via EMC)
  • Fires at Qah refugee camp following the Nov 20th strike (via EMC)
  • Fires at Qah refugee camp following the Nov 20th strike (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime strike on Qah camp, Nov 20th (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime strike on Qah camp, Nov 20th (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged regime strike on Qah camp, Nov 20th (via EMC)
  • Abdul Karim al-Da’ef (via White Helmets)

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 30
  • (7 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (35) [ collapse]