Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY015

Incident date

January 22, 2021

Location

حي كازو, Kazo neighborhood, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Four civilians from the same family including two children were reported killed and four others including an infant were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes, or Syrian regime rockets launched to respond to Israeli airstrikes in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021.

The family is displaced from Idlib, and it seems that one of the children died of his injuries in the hospital, according to local sources. Two children were pulled out of the rubble and the family members were taken to Hama National Hospital. @SAMSyria0 said that the rocket hit a building was inhibited by a family of 10 members (parents, grandparents and 6 children).

As to what the Israelis targeted, Syrian Files said that attack targeted a surface-to-surface missiles factory run by the scientific research center. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that attack targeted five locations that had “members of the militia loyal to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah which were present within the regime’s military forces in the vicinity of Hama and its proximity in the region Al-Wusta from Syria, which led to its complete destruction.” Iran Wire Arabic said that the attack targeted “warehouses for storing weapons for Iranian militias in 3 locations, one of which is in the 47th Brigade of the 8th Division, and Iranian militias use it to store missiles, while the bombing also targeted a military center for developing weapons, especially missiles near scientific research in Masyaf, and a military headquarters for the Revolutionary Guard in the Umrah area of ​​Ain Halakim district, west of Hama.”

As to who is responsible, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) affiliated with the Syrian regime reported that Israeli forces launched rockets targeting the surrounding of Hama governorate, and that the Syrian air defence responded to the attack. SANA then said that a family consisting of a father, a mother and two children were killed, and four others, an elderly person, a woman and two children were injured, and that three houses were demolished in the western side of Hama.

However, @Syriahr blamed the Syrian regime for the killing and injuring of the civilians saying that they were killed by rockets of the Syrian regime which were launched from Hama’s military airport, located meters away from Kazo neighborhood. The Observatory said that “the remnants of the missiles fired by the regime’s air defense brigades, in an attempt to counter the Israeli missiles, killed a family consisting of a woman, her husband and two children, in addition to the injury of three, who are an elderly man, two children and a woman, after the remnants of one of the missiles fell on the Kazo neighborhood in the northwestern part of Hama.

Sounds of explosions were also heard in Tartus, Banias and rural Damascus as a result of launching of air defence missiles.

@SAMSyria0 mentioned that ‘part of a military object, a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in the sane time of the raid, and the sound of an explosion was reported in Irbid, north of Jordan, during the raid.’

@SAMSyria0 then tweeted images of what described ‘parts of the S200 long-range air defense missile near Yabroud in Damascus countryside, which is most likely the cause of the sound of the explosion that was heard in the vicinity of Damascus.’ Another missile was found in Ras Al-Ma’arra in Qalamoun area in rural Damascus.

@khalediskef also shared images describing them as ‘fragments of the missiles that were used during the Israeli raid on Hama, it was found that they were American GBU-39 guided bombs.’

Local sources also shared images of missiles in Tartus and the Observatory denied that there was an Israeli attack on Tartus, and said what was found was remnants of the regime’s air defence response to the attack in Hama.

According to Iran Wire, the attacks killed 40 Syrian regime members and 20 members of the Iranian militias, in addition to destroying the targeted sites.

The incident occured at approximately 4:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

  • Elham Al-Abdo 40 years old female killed
  • Mahmoud Halabiya 4 years old male killed
  • Karmo Al-Abdo 63 years old male 63 killed
  • Munjid al-Abdo 10 years old male killed
  • Noor Halabia 3 years old female injured
  • Khawla Halabiya 3 months years old female injured
  • Khaled Al-Abdo 26 years old male injured
  • Yosra Al-Ahmad 50 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    60

Sources (41) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (69) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: Breaking: Al-Watan Correspondent in Hama: A displaced family consisting of three people, a father, a mother and a young girl, was martyred, in addition to a man from their relatives, and a critically ill infant was injured in the Kazo neighborhood of Hama due to the "Israeli" attack on the governorate at dawn today.
  • Caption translation: Because of the Israeli aggression, a displaced family living in the Kazo neighborhood, consisting of three people, was martyred, a father, a mother, a young girl and a baby in critical condition. Mercy for their souls, patience and solace for their families. Kazo is a popular civilian neighborhood, and there is no military post there at all
  • Caption translation: Local sources in Hama: An entire family was killed in the Kazo neighborhood, and two babies were pulled out of the rubble alive. Four martyrs and three wounded, from one family, as a result of the aggression against Hama at dawn today.
  • Caption translation: Parts of a military object (a missile? !!) fell in the Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with the raid, and the sound of an explosion was reported in Irbid, north of Jordan, during the raid.
  • Caption translation: Pictures showing one of the S200 long-range air defense missile parts near Yabroud in Damascus countryside, which is most likely the cause of the sound of the explosion that was heard in the vicinity of Damascus.
  • Caption translation: The wounded of the Israeli air aggression that targeted Hama at dawn today was wounded.
  • Caption: The damage to civilian homes as a result of the Israeli aggression on Hama at dawn today.
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Remnants of missiles used in an alleged Israeli attack on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • A building totally damaged in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • The location where parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • A child injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A child injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A civilian injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A woman injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • According to @khalediskef, these are fragments of missiles used during the Israeli raid on Hama, and found to be American GBU-39 guided bombs.
  • According to @khalediskef, these are fragments of missiles used during the Israeli raid on Hama, and found to be American GBU-39 guided bombs.
  • A wounded child in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A wounded woman in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A wounded child in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Damage to a house as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Damage to a house as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • A map showing the location of Kazo neighborhood in Hama and the Hama airport and Bayada, and also Tripoli where the bomb is believed to have been launched from. (via U defence)
  • Four civilians from the same family including two children were killed by alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib governorate martyrs)

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    60

Sources (41) [ collapse]