Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY-200119-A

Incident date

January 20, 2019

Location

دمشق, Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

An alleged Israeli air strike hit Damascus airport the morning of January 10, 2019.

According to Step News Agency, “Israeli warplanes launched several raids on the southern region on Sunday afternoon, following an explosion that rocked the capital Damascus this morning targeting a military checkpoint and a security detachment near the southern stronghold.”

Free Deir Ezzor also added “Israeli raids targeting the capital Damascus and the target area is Al Kuswa south of Damascus.”

The Times of Israel reported “local Syrian media said the targets of strike were in Damascus International Airport and in the town of al-Kiswah” and that the “Russian military…reiterated the Syrian claims, saying the incoming attack had been blocked by the country’s air defenses.” Russian media also claimed “The airport’s infrastructure was not damaged. There are no victims, and no damage.”

Time of Israel also added “according to Syrian opposition media, approximately 10 missiles were fired at targets near the airport and in al-Kiswah. “Warehouses containing weapons for Syrian regime ally Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are located in that area,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.”

Ynet reported that the “Russian army in Syria said it was Israeli planes that launched air-to-surface missiles over the Mediterranean Sea, towards targets in the area of Damascus International Airport.” In addition, “At the time of the strike, an Iranian passenger/cargo plane was coming in for landing at Damascus International Airport. The plane belonged to the Iranian aviation company Mahan Airlines.”

There were no casualties among civilians or belligerents reported.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (6) [ collapse]