Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents
Infrastructure

Incident Code

CS1921

Incident date

June 30, 2019

Location

ريف المهندسين الأول, Rif Al Mouhandessen Al Awal, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.094532, 36.961419 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A confirmed Coalition strike with high-explosive missiles against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on the afternoon of June 30th is also locally reported to have injured at least two children and two women, and killed a number of foreign AQ-linked fighters. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the strike was carried out at 4.20 pm, exactly.

According to Step news, a total of seven injured people were evacuated including the two children and two women, in addition to the bodies of three men. Step News added in a later post that the number of casualties had risen to eleven people but did specify the number of dead or wounded or their combatant status.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially reported that eight commanders and fighters were killed but in a later post added that the number had risen to nine. According the source, the victims included two Algerians, two Tunisians, one Egyptian and a Syrian commander in addition to 14 wounded who attended a meeting when the building they were in was struck with rocket shelling. The source added that it wasn’t clear whether the shelling was carried out by the International Coalition or by Russian missiles.

Alarabiya reported: “The US-led coalition said Monday its jets carried out strikes in northwest Syria a day earlier that a monitor reported had killed eight extremists, including commanders, from an al-Qaeda-linked group.

‘This operation targeted AQ-S operatives responsible for plotting external attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,’ US Central Command said in a statement, using an acronym for Al-Qaeda in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, earlier said six commanders were among the slain extremists from the Hurras al-Deen group.”

Among those killed militants were Abu Omar, Tunisian, and Abu Dujana, Algerian, leaders of the organization according to Mena Monitor. @jalaysalshuhada reported that Abu Omar was a Tunisian member of the Shura Council and a judge in the internal judiciary of the organization.

Mena Monitor added that among the wounded militants were Abu Yahya al-Masri and Abu Dhar al-Masri.

On March 10, 2022 in the CJTF-OIR Civilian Casualty Report, the Coalition reported this incident to be “non-credible”, stating that “After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Geolocation notes

Coordinates released by the Coalition place the event at 36.09453, 36.96142

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda/HTS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3–9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    8–14

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Step News).
  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Step News).
  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Step News).
  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Step News).
  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Syria live ua).
  • A building was struck by a confirmed Coalition strike against Al Qaeda at Rif Al Mouhandessen near Aleppo on June 30th (via Syria live ua).
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    Abu Omar, Tunisian member of the Shura Council and a judge in the internal judiciary of extremist organization "Horras Al Din", was alleged killed in a Coalition strike in Aleppo on June 30th (via @jalaysalshuhada).
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    Video showing bodies of stuck under the rubble caused by a Coalition strike in Aleppo on June 30th (via @jalaysalshuhada).

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Stated location
    near Aleppo, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SCV1647596357
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 10, 2022
  • Jun. 30, 2019, near Aleppo, Syria, via Airwars report. After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike. 3218/CS1921 37SCV1647596357

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda/HTS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3–9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    8–14

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3046

Incident date

February 20, 2018

Location

سقبا, Saqba, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.519286, 36.382427 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least four but up to 11 civilians, including one woman and two female children, were killed and several wounded as Saqba in eastern Ghouta, Damascus was subject to intense air and artillery shelling, local media reported, though it was unclear whether Russia or the Syrian regime was to blame.

Al-Jazeera reported how both Syrian and Russian air forces had “launched dozens of raids on residential neighborhoods in the eastern cities of Ghouta”, including Saqba.

Saqba was in large parts left in rubble as it reportedly was struck by both explosive barrels from helicopters, missiles and even cluster bombs as reported by Rajaa. Also, al-Jazeera mentioned artillery shelling.

The death toll spanned from “at least four” as reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) to as many as 11 as reported by Dirar Khattab and @LaLaKdaho. The latter identified 11 fatalities by name and age, hereof two female children and one woman.

According to Step News Agency, who blamed Assad helicopters for dropping barrel bombs, the incident wounded at least two civilians.

Additionally, the strikes inflicted great material damage on civilian properties. Al-Jazeera reported that the shelling “led to the suspension of the field hospital in the city of Saqba”.

While few sources pointed to respectively exclusive Russia or the Syrian regime culpability, the large majority of reports pointed to shared Russian/Assad responsibility.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the strikes may have taken place the previous day, on Monday, February 19th. While all sources reported from the incident on Tuesday 20th, HalabTodayTV referred to it as occuring “yesterday” (Monday 19th).

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

35 years old male killed
50 years old male killed

Family members (3)

Age unknown female killed
Age unknown female killed
Age unknown female killed

The victims were named as:

29 years old male killed
31 years old male killed
30 years old male killed
31 years old male killed
14 years old female daughter of Abu Maher killed
Child female killed

Summary

  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 11
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • The immediate, chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via AbuAlhuda)
  • Aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via GMC)
  • Remnants from cluster bombs, reportedly used in the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Rajaa)
  • Aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Damascus Media Center)
  • Aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Damascus Media Center)
  • Aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Damascus Media Center)
  • Aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Damascus Media Center)
  • Women and children trapped inside a house following the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via HalabTodayTV)
  • The immediate, chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Orient News)
  • The atermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via Step News Agency)
  • A civilian is being carried away after being wounded by the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via SN4HR)
  • 29-year old Hisham Eid, working as a nurse, was reportedly among the victims of the contested strikes in Saqba, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via SN4HR)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Military

Russia has not reported any strikes between February 1st - 28th 2018.

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 11
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS362

Incident date

January 10, 2016

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

11 civilians including five women and two children were killed and nearly 35 injured in airstrikes on Douma, according to multiple sources. While most sources allege Russia was responsible, one blamed the Assad regime.

The Shaam News Network reported that 10 non-combatants died following raids by Russian warplanes, which also caused considerable damage to residential buildings.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights did not identify the warplanes responsible but said that eight people, including one child and two women, had been confirmed dead while two others had not been identified. It added that the death toll was expected to rise due to the severity of the injuries.

Other sources including the Violations Documentation Center, the Syrian Media Organisation and the White Helmets (who put the death at 10 including two children and four women) blamed Russia. Both the Syrian Media Organisation and the White Helmets posted distressing videos showing children being dug out from the rubble.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that regime shelling killed at least seven, including one child and four women. And video blogger Yasser al Fawwal filmed victims of what he said were both Russian airstrikes and Assad regime missile strikes.

10 victims were named by the Violations Documentation Centre as well as one Unidentified  female adult.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Child male killed
Adult male killed
Adult female killed
Adult female killed
Child female killed

The victims were named as:

Adult female killed
Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (2 children5 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    35
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets and other civilians attempt to clear the rubble left following a raid. (via, Syrian Media Organisation)
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    An injured child being rescued from the rubble of her home which was destroyed by alleged Russian and Syrian Regime warplanes on 10th January 2016. (via, Syrian Media Organisation)
  • The exact moment Douma was hit by alleged Russian and Syrian Regime warplanes. (via, Ein a’la al watan)
  • Footage of the damage to the infrastructure in Douma following a contested raid. (via, Step News Agency)
  • Footage of the aftermath of the airstrikes which caused huge amounts of destruction to residential homes in Douma. (via, Bara’a Abd Al Rahma)
  • More footage showing damage to residential buildings. (via, Syrian Media Organisation)
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    Upsetting scenes of civilians including children being treated in a medical facility for their injuries. (via, AFP)
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    Upsetting footage of a child killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on 10th January 2016. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)
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    Footage of an unborn child, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on Douma. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)
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    A burial in the aftermath of the raid on Douma. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)
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    More footage of another deceased child who was killed in Douma on the 10th January 2016. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)
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    Moments before the burial of a deceased citizen from an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)
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    Moments before the burial of a deceased citizen from an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Yasser al Fawwal al Doumani)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Military

In its report for military actions on January 11 2016, the Kremlin reports carrying out strikes in Damascus governorate: “In the course of 10 days of the year 2016, the Russian aircraft have performed 311 combat sorties engaging 1097 objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Hasakah, Daraa, and Raqqah provinces.“

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (2 children5 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    35
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CI002

Incident date

August 24, 2014

Location

القيارة, Qayyarah, Al Shuhadaa, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

35.7977836, 43.2935143 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Local news service Al Sumaria claimed that “11 civilians from one family” died after coalition airstrikes hit the village of al Qayyarah south of Mosul on the morning of August 24th.

Other sources, placing the death count slightly lower at 8-9 killed, reported that the attack had been carried out by a helicopter, possibly a Chinook, suggesting that the Iraq Army may have been responsible. Local MP Abdul Rahman Allowaizi later complained that “there is no difference between detonating car bombs in the regions and governorates of Iraq and the dumping of barrels explosive on the role of residential neighborhoods in Nineveh.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Local reports mentioned Al Shuhadaa neighbourhood ( حي الشهداء ) in the town of ( القيارة ) Qayyarah, southern Nineveh. The coordinates for ( القيارة ) Qayyarah are: 35.7977836, 43.2935143 We were unable to locate Al Shuhadaa neighbourhood ( حي الشهداء ) on maps. However we suspect the neighbourhood is located in North Qayyarah ( القيارة ) as the news outlet rudaw.net, reported that people from this neighbourhood complained about oil fires between August to September 2016. The oil fires are clearly visible in available satellite imagery from time period, potentially identifying the neighbourhood.

  • Fires in 2016 potentially mark the location of Al Shuhadaa neighbourhood ( حي الشهداء ), which is not marked on any maps.

    Date taken:
    September 2, 2016

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq Government Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near al Qayyarah, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 2018
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The coalition has reported two strikes in the vicinity of Mosul for August 23rd-24th 2014, both of which it says targeted vehicles: “U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct an airstrike in the vicinity of Mosul Dam. The strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and all aircraft exited the strike area safely.“

Iraq Government Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq Government Forces
  • Iraq Government Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq Government Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1375a

Incident date

August 15, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.957884, 39.002738 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, 11 civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

The family names Thalji and Sueri are mentioned in CS957, however the location of the strike is different and names do not match. The area was targeted around the 15th of August, there are multiple incidents in that area around that time, however no existing incidents specific to this case.

The Amnesty/Airwars report stated that “A Coalition air strike destroyed a six-storey building on Fardous Street and killed four members of the Thalji family, who lived on the 5th floor and seven members of the Sueri family who had been displaced from their home elsewhere in the city and were sheltering in the building.”

The son-in-law, Ali, of one of the victims told Amnesty in a testimony that “I was present when the bodies of my parents in law and their children and their neighbours were recovered from the rubble of the building. Two whole families destroyed.”

On March 10, 2022 in the CJTF-OIR Civilian Casualty Report, the Coalition reported this incident to be “non-credible”, stating that “After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Coordinates released by the Coalition place the event at 35.95788, 39.00273

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (2 women2 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
CJTF–OIR Declassified Assessment and Press Release

Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.

The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.

Declassified Assessment Press Release

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Stated location
    near Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV0024679277
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 10, 2022
  • Aug. 15, 2017, near Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike. 2718/CS1375a 37SEV0024679277

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (2 women2 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Incident Code

RS3040

Incident date

February 19, 2018

Location

حزة, Hazza, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.52034, 36.36494 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between six and 11 civilians, including two children and four women, were killed and several were wounded as Russian and/or Syrian forces carried out aerial and artillery shelling of Hazza, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, local media reported.

As a part of a intensification of shelling of large parts of eastern Ghouta, the town of Hazza was subject to heavy air, and possibly also artillery shelling in residential areas, multiple sources said.

The death toll spanned from “so far six” as initially reported by Damascus Media Center to as many as 11 as reported by many sources, such as Ghouta Media Center (GMC), who updated its initial report from seven to 11 fatalities.

The same source identified seven of the victims by name which included one child while five others were described as “young”. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), who reported seven fatalities, two children and four women were among the victims.

Additionally, several sources mentioned that a number of civilians were left wounded.

While most reported about aerial shelling, several reports, including Zaman al-Wasl and HalabTodayTV described how Hazza also had been subject to rocket attacks.

It remained unclear among the sources where to apportion blame. While Zaman al-Wasl solely pointed to the Syrian regime, several others, including GMC, blamed Russian warplanes. Finally, a handful of reports, including SN4HR, identified both belligerents as responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Age unknown female killed
Age unknown female killed

Family members (2)

Age unknown female killed
Child male killed

The victims were named as:

Age unknown female killed
Age unknown female killed
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • (1–2 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • A rocket attack hits Hazza as the Civil Defence is evacuating civilians following the contested shelling on February 19th, 2018 (via HalabTodayTV)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • (1–2 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3183

Incident date

March 7, 2018

Location

جسرين, Jisreen, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5112138, 36.3881891 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between three and 11 civilians were killed and several others were injured in multiple airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Jisreen, local media reported. Sources blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime for the raids.

Sources gave varied reports on the number of civilians deaths. With many reporting that three had been killed, Jsreen.media.office named only seven deaths, while SCDrifdimashq and the Violations Documentation Centre (VDC) put the death toll at 10 and 11.

In addition to the named victims, four unidentified adult males were listed by VDC.

Alaraby noted 1o Russian raids “on the residential areas of Jisreen and its outskirts”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Adult male Reportedly a nurse killed
Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3722

Incident date

May 27, 2019

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three to eleven civilians were killed in an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th.

According to numerous sources, of those killed, two to four were children, including three siblings.

The Syrian regime was named by multiple sources as responsible for the attack, while many did not positively attribute blame. Russia was named by six sources as an active belligerent in the airstrike.

While Edlib Media Center initially estimated three civilians to have been killed, this source cited more deaths as understanding of the events unfolded, later claiming that eleven civilians perished as a result of the attack.

Ariha Today named 10 civilian fatalities, including six women and three young siblings, Zain, Sham and Wesam Fadel Fahham.

Furthermore, Syria.liveuamap claimed that as many as 28 civilians had been injured in the bombardment, while Syria Civil Defense initially estimated the figure to be 20.

Step news stated that “the toll of the dead and wounded in Jericho is likely to rise due to the continued lifting of the rubble and the removal of civilians under it.”

Shaam News reported that “the Assad forces are carrying out a genocide, with clear Russian political support, across the southern Idlib countryside.” This source stated that there was “a focus on bombing major markets, cities and communities, and displacing thousands from their homes.”

Multiple sources documented the enormous destruction to civilian property and infrastructure in both videos and photos.

According to Shaam News, the alleged Russian and Syrian regime military action on May 27th represents a “continuing of a systematic genocide against civilians, amid the silence of the world.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

The victims were named as:

Child female killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (2–4 children1–6 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–28
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (53) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Shahba Press)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Two children killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Hamah Now)
  • Damage to civilian property following the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • The initial aftermath of the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Three siblings, Zain, Sham and Wesam Fadel Fahham, killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: "6 martyrs and 20 injured as a result of an air strike by an improvised explosive device fired by warplanes at on civilian houses in the center of the city of Jericho in Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Translation: "Two children were rescued from rubble in the city of Jericho in Idlib countryside" (via Maysar AL Hadidi)
  • "Russian raids hit #Ariha city southern of #Idlib" (via @MGhorab3)
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    Two twins killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Myasar alhadidi)
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian regime airstrike on Ariha. (via @YousefAlbostany).
  • "Ariha Children today after Russia and Al Assad warplanes attacked Rif Idlib."
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    Children killed in an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019. (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • SCD volunteers responding to the needs after an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019 (via https://twitter.com/HadiAlabdallah/status/1133006239632379904)
  • SCD volunteers responding to the needs after an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019 (via https://twitter.com/HadiAlabdallah/status/1133006239632379904)
  • The man standing is said to have lost his mother, wife and three children as a result of a Russian rocket. (via @ahmad_okde)
  • Russian raids hit Ariha city southern of Idlib. Via Syria.liveuamap).
  • "SNHR: at least three women were killed as Syrian regime fixed -wing warplanes fired missiles on the middle of Ariha city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on May 27th."
  • Image including names of people killed in Ariha and other places on May 27th, 2019. (via @idlibPlus).
  • A number of civilians killed and injured in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Destruction in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Volunteers on scene in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians in tears in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Huge destruction in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • ِA civilian in tears in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • A civilian being rescued in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • A number of civilians killed and injured in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (2–4 children1–6 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–28
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

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