Russian Military in Syria

A Russian combat aircraft at Khmeimim airbase in Syria being prepared for action. (Russian Ministry of Defence)

Belligerent
Russian military
Country
Syria
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3924

Incident date

November 11, 2019

Location

كفرومار, Kfarouma, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

One women was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on the town of Kfarouma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th 2019, according to local sources.

Smart News Agency reported that “a woman was killed as a result of rocket shelling on the village of Kfarouma, south of Idlib, from the positions of Russian forces in the village of Latmeen, north of the city of Hama, central Syria”.

Shaam News Network reported “Russian airstrikes”.

IdlibPlus, however, pointed to the Syrian regime as being responsible for the artillery strikes, speaking of ‘seven artillery shells’.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the victim as Marah Mohammad Al Hamid.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Photo of alleged Russian or Syrian regime rocket strikes on the town of Kfarouma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Photo of alleged Russian or Syrian regime rocket strikes on the town of Kfarouma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Photo of alleged Russian or Syrian regime rocket strikes on the town of Kfarouma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Footage of alleged Russian or Syrian regime rocket strikes on the town of Kfarouma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019 (via @mohmad_rasheed ).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS392

Incident date

November 11, 2019

Location

عين العرب - كوباني, Ain Al Arab - Kobane , Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and four civilians were reported killed and up to eight others injured when a joint Turkish and Russian patrol allegedly opened fire on protesters in  Jen-Harran village, southern Kobani, Aleppo in Syria on November 11th, 2019, according to local sources.

The sources also reported that the Turkish forces targeted journalists from Jin TV and Ronahi TV and consequently injuring the female journalist Zozan Remedan Berkel who was reporting for Jin TV and Welat Şhêkho a reporter for Ronaha TV.  It is also believed that a third journalist got injured.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Turkish Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Turkish Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3923

Incident date

November 11, 2019

Location

بلدة بسقلا, Bsaqla, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and at least one woman injured in alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the village of Bsaqla on November 11th 2019, according to local sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the victim as child Mustafa Yaser al Hasan from Ma’ar Zita village. Step News agency put the number of wounded at two, whereas MMC reported three injured civilians.

Obeida Othman, director of the Civil Defense Center told Smart News Agency that “a child was killed and a woman was wounded as a result of shelling by Syrian regime forces with seven artillery shells on the village of Bsaqla. The shelling also damaged a number of civilian houses”.

Step News Agency pointed to Syrian regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama who allegedly targeted Bsaqla with high-explosive rockets, but other sources named Russian forces as the belligerent.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Photo of alleged Russian and/or Syrian air or artillery strikes on the town of Bsaqla on November 11th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian and/or Syrian air or artillery strikes on the town of Bsaqla on November 11th, 2019 (via IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian and/or Syrian air or artillery strikes on the town of Bsaqla on November 11th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3926

Incident date

November 11, 2019

Location

معرتماتر, Ma’ar Tamater, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Ma’ar Tamater, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019, according to local sources.

Abad Zekra, director of the Civil Defence Force in Ma’arat Al Nouman, told Smart News Agency that alleged Russian air raids wounded a civilian, who was taken to a nearby medical point. Idlib Plus also reported alleged Russian air and artillery strikes on the village.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3925

Incident date

November 11, 2019

Location

معرة حرمة, Ma’aret Harma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One woman was reportedly killed and three male civilians were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Ma’aret Harma, Idlib governorate, on November 11th, 2019, according to local sources.

Activists told Smart News Agency that a woman was killed in an alleged Russian rocket strike. Moataz Al Ali, director of the Civil Defence Center in the village, told Smart News Agency that “the Russian warplanes launched eight raids on the village of Maarat Harma, injuring three civilians who were transferred to nearby medical points.”

According to Idlib Plus, the three injured civilians were male.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3921

Incident date

November 10, 2019

Location

كفرومة, Kafrouma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven civilians, including three children and a journalist, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kfarouma in Idlib governorate on November 10th, 2019. Between eight and 10 civilians, including children, were injured, as reported by local sources.

Step News Agency reported that Russian air raids targeted Kafrouma, “coinciding with artillery shelling from the regime forces stationed in Tel Aas”. Idlib Plus reported that the town was targeted with “three airstrikes and 17 artillery shells on civilian homes in the center of the town”.

Besides the death of three children, Shaam News Agency also reported the death of a woman. They furthermore identified Abdulhamid Al Yusuf, a media officer in the Kafrouma Media Office, as one of the victims. Al Yusuf was killed while reporting on the airstrikes.

Siblings Fatima Aqsa (14), Iman Aqsa (5) and Mohammed Aqsa (3) were killed in the airstrikes. Their sister Asma (10) was injured. Syrian Civil Defence wrote in a post on Facebook that Iman and Mohammed were playing outside when they heard the sound of missiles fired. “The siblings fled and tried to hide in the bosom of their older sister Fatima, 14, but it was not a safe place as they thought”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Amer Kamal Al Basal, a nurse for A Salam Dispensary in Kfarouma, was killed as well while doing his job. They wrote that “Syrian regime forces artillery fired shells on Al Gharbi neighborhood in Kfarouma village as he arrived there to aid the injured of previous bombing by fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian on the same neighborhood”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (42) [ collapse]

Media
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via SMART News Agency).
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via Shaam News Agency).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Siblings Mohammed (3, left), Iman (5, right) and Fatima (14, not pictured) were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019. Their sister Asma (10, middle) was injured (via Justice Organization).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (42) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3922

Incident date

November 10, 2019

Location

الشيخ مصطفى, Sheikh Mustafa, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Sheikh Mustafa, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019, according to local sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Ahmad Asaad Al Sawadi was killed in the alleged Russian airstrikes. According to Edlib Media Center, the man was working on the olive harvest when the strikes hit the village.

Further information is currently unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3920

Incident date

November 9, 2019

Location

البوابية, Al Bawabiya, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two women and a child were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019, according to local sources.

@ShahbaPress reported that “a child and two women were injured in airstrikes in Al Bawabiya town in southern Rif countryside at midnight”. The Syrian Civil Defence reported that the airstrikes targeted residential homes, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that a medical facility was targeted.

Further details are currently unavailable to Airwars.

The incident occured around midnight.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Photo of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bawabiya on November 9th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]