Alleged Israeli missiles struck several military targets in Damascus countryside after midnight on July 1st, according to local sources.
The strike resulted in the first significant reported civilian harm from recent Israeli actions with four to 12 civilians reported killed – despite several hundred declared airstrikes against Iranian, Assad government and Hezbollah forces in recent years. However it was unclear from some reports whether the harm had occurred as a result of the strikes, or from Syrian counter-fire.
According to Free Deir Ezzor Radio, an Israeli missile (possibly launched by a naval vessel) killed a number of civilians when its impact shattered the glass windows of a house in Sahnaya. The Syrian-regime affiliated source SANA news claimed that four civilians were killed, including a baby, in addition to 21 others injured, also including children. Numerous other sources also cite 21 as the number wounded in the attack.
AFP said that six civilians including three children died, along with nine “mostly foreign pro-regime fighters.”
The New York Times, citing an anonymous Syrian government official, placed the civilian toll as high as 10: “Another figure close to the Syrian government who was briefed on the strikes and who requested anonymity to discuss secret military information put the total death toll from the attacks higher, saying that at least 16 had been killed, including five Syrian Army personnel, one Iranian and 10 civilians and that 49 others had been wounded.”
Meanwhile, Step News alleged that “twelve civilians were killed, including four people from one family,” and that about “50 people, including children and infants, were injured by Israeli air strikes targeting several positions of the Syrian regime and its pro-Iranian militias.” The same source named two locations in discussion of the incident, referring to casualties in Sahnaya and Jdaidt Artouz, yet other sources did not cite civilian harm in Jdaidt Artouz.
NFAC, and other sources named two of those killed as “Rateb Mustafa Bakri Pasha and daughter Elaf Rateb Bakri Pasha”, referring to Rateb Mustafa Bakri Pasha as a doctor. Enab Baladi News stated that among those killed were “displaced citizens from the neighbouring city of Darya.”
@zamanalwsl, and other sources, also reported that “a whole family (father, mother and baby) were killed” in the attack, while another source named “Anas al-Bayat, his baby son, Abdul Rahman, and his wife, Rama Arna’out” as among the fatalities.
SANA quoted a military source who reported that their “air defenses intercepted hostile missiles fired by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace towards some of our military positions in Homs and the surroundings of Damascus.” The news agency added that “due to the pressure which resulted from the explosions which occurred in the sky over Damascus, material damage was inflicted on a number of civilians’ houses in Sahnaya town as the glass of the houses was shattered causing injury to a number of people.”
The Syrian Observatory instead said that casualties occurred at Sahnaya “due to the fall of missile remnants on the area.”
The Syrian Foreign Ministry later accused Israel of “heinous aggression” according to the Guardian: “Israeli authorities are increasingly practising state terrorism,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official Sana news agency on July 2nd. “The latest heinous Israeli aggression falls within the framework of ongoing Israeli attempts to prolong the crisis in Syria,” it added.
The Telegraph reported that the Israeli military declined to comment on the Syrian claims of civilian deaths, telling its reporter. “We are not commenting on foreign reports.”
Other sites reportedly struck by Israel that night – though with no reports of civilian harm – included Mezzeh military airport, Dimas, Ksoua, Qatana and Khan al-Sheikh.
The incident occured after midnight.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
Family members (3)
- Anas al-Bayat Adult male killed
- Abdul Rahman Child male Baby killed
- Rama Arna’out Adult female killed
- Aya Al Shouli 15 years old female injured
- Bassam Fares Al Eid Al Omar 60 years old male injured
- Mohammad Shaheen Omar 24 years old male Seriously injured injured
- Rami Shaheen Omar 48 years old male Seriously injured injured
- Hamad Hatoush 23 years old male injured
- Hiba Hartoush Al Omar 1 month old years old female injured
- Nour Khaled Omar 24 years old female injured
- Ahlam Al Ali 19 years old injured
- Abd Al Rahhman Al Khaled Age unknown injured
- Houssin Al Sheikh Age unknown injured
- Ghayth Kalhous 16 years old injured
- Nofal Ali Age unknown injured
- Imad Khaled years old male 24 injured
- Mohammad Abd Al Kareem 15 years old male injured
- Ziyna Ma’rouf Abd Al Majeed years old injured
- Ghofran Dakak 13 years old injured
- Yazan Za’yter 13 years old injured
- Fayha’ Ayoub 30 years old injured
- Ahmad Al Sheikh Age unknown injured
- Narjas Mheiyedeen Age unknown injured