Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY010

Incident date

May 1, 2020

Location

طريق يربط بين حمص وتدمر, Road connecting Homs to Palmyra, Homs, Syria

Geolocation

34.563028, 37.519268 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

Up to 10 civilians were wounded and taken to hospitals in Homs, Syria after being hit by shrapnel from an explosion allegedly as a result of Israeli airstrikes on an ammunition warehouse of Hezbollah within the camp of Hassan Bin Al Haitham on the road to Homs – Palmyra, Syria on May 1st, 2020.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said they got information that the explosion “was caused by a new Israeli missile strike, which targeted a warehouse of ammunition and missiles belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah in the camp of Hassan bin Al-Haytham located on the road of Homs – Palmyra. The sources of the Syrian Observatory confirmed that the camp “is for university training, but the Lebanese Hezbollah took it as headquarters a few years ago.”

However, there were different stories about the explosions that were heard in Homs. In addition to the SOHR’s one, the Syrian regime said the explosion was a result of a human error while moving ammunition there, which led to the explosion and the injury of a number of civilians who were passing at that time.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a regime military source as saying “At 9:25 am on Friday, May 1st, 2020, successive explosions were heard at a military position in the city of Homs, and investigations revealed that these explosions occurred due to human error during the transportation of some ammunition”, the source said .He added that the explosions caused material and human losses due the shrapnel which scattered outside the military position.

But, the governor of Homs Talal Barazi said that  “the sounds heard in Homs were caused by explosions in an ammunition depot as a result of an attack on the site. He stressed that the attack included a military site and its nature was not known yet, which led to explosions. Smoke columns emerged from the site, shells fell in its vicinity, and a number of passing civilians were wounded.”

Baladi News reported that a number of Hezbollah members were killed and injured as a result of the attack. They said that nine militants including officers were killed.

Some of the injured civilians were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Al-Ahmad (amputated right leg), Muhammad Ali Ibrahim (two limbs amputated), Muhammad Yusef Milhem, (right hand and back injuries) and Muhammad Omar Hussein Askari who us in a stable condition.

The incident occured at approximately 9:25 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Hassan Bin Al Haitham (الحسن بن الهيثم) camp, allegedly on the road connecting Homs (حمص) to Palmyra (تدمر). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for this road are: 34.563028, 37.519268.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Hassan Bin Al Haitham (الحسن بن الهيثم) camp, allegedly on the road connecting Homs (حمص) to Palmyra (تدمر).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (6) [ collapse]