Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY002a

Incident date

May 8, 2018

Location

الكسوة, Al Kiswah, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.361391, 36.247927 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al Kisswa on May 8, 2018.

According to Euphrates Post, Israeli forces targeted positions of the Assad regime in Al Kisswa on May 8, 2018. They also posted a video from a surveillance cameras of one of the commercial establishments that shows the moment of the strikes on Al Kisswa.

Smart News reported that the Syrian regime’s media said that “Israel targeted with two missiles in the area of ​​Kisswa in the Syrian countryside about two hours after the announcement of the United States of America to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran” and activists added that the missiles were targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guard headquarters in the area.

Shaam News quoted an announcement from the regime that they had intercepted and destroyed two Israeli missiles in the Al Kisswa area.

Smart News also quoted Reuters as saying that the bombing was intended for the Assad regime headquarters “without causing dead and wounded”.

However, Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Hedaya Samir Al-Faouri and Hisham Hamdi Mazal Aldairi were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Al Kisswa.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified “a man and his wife were killed near place of shelling but the circumstances of their deaths are not known whether they were killed the result of a traffic accident, or it happened that they were there in the moment of shelling which caused their deaths”.

Israel did not make any official statement about the strike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Video shows the fire caused by targeting the positions of the forces of the Assad regime in al Kisswa by the Israeli occupation army a short while ago
  • A recording from the surveillance cameras of one of the commercial establishments recorded the moment of the Israeli missiles falling in the area of Al-Keswa.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Al Kiswah (الكسوة), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.361391, 36.247927. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (7) [ collapse]