Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY012

Incident date

August 31, 2020

Location

الكسوة, Al Kiswa, Rural Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.357582, 36.245826 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was reported killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Al Kiswa in rural Damascus, Syria on August 31st, 2020.

Khabour reported “Israeli warplanes launch an airstrike on the [Syrian] regime’s sites in Al-Kiswa area in Damascus countryside.”

Local sources said that the airstrike led to the death of seven Hizbullah fighters, three Syrian regime soldiers and a civilian.

Step Agency reported that the regime lost two of its soldiers in the attack and that seven others were injured. From their side, the Syrian Observatory said that “five Iranian-backed militiamen were killed, including three of non-Syrian nationalities, and more than ten others were injured today in Israeli strikes on south of Damascus.”

However, Euphrates post said that a rocket that the Syrian regime launched in response to the Israeli airstrike mistakenly felt on an area in Al-Kiswa killings civilians and causing damage.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Armed Forces, Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown
  • Belligerents reported killed
    11

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Kiswa (الكسوة), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.357582, 36.245826. 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

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown 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
    1 – 2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Armed Forces, Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown
  • Belligerents reported killed
    11

Sources (11) [ collapse]