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
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Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R4277

Incident date

August 14, 2020

Location

البادية السورية, Syrian Badia, Homs, Syria

Airwars assessment

Civilians were reported killed and injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the Syrian desert, or Al Badia Al Souria, on August 14th, 2020.

@so_ria98 reported intense airstrikes by Russian warplanes in several areas of the desert and stated there were reports of civilian casualties, as well as the targeting of a car believed to be a civilian vehicle.

Joftlk Al Hadath also reported killed and wounded civilian victims.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    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

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4276

Incident date

August 3, 2020

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Three of four civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the northern outskirts of the city of Binnish, Idlib governorate, on August 3rd, 2020, according to local sources. The airstrikes occured in conjunction with alleged Syrian regime artillery strikes.

Step News Agency reported that “three civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured, at dawn today, Monday [September 3rd], after Russian airstrikes on Idlib, coinciding with the artillery shelling of the Syrian regime forces that targeted tents for displaced persons and residential buildings on the outskirts of Binnish city in Idlib eastern countryside.”

According to Step’s correspondent, the victims were Internally Displaced People (IDP) sheltering in tents near the target site. The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the killed victims as displaced civilians from the village of Al Bujr: Majed Jasem Al Muhammad and the brothers Zaid and Majed Mesleh al Muhamad. According to the Syrian Civil Defence, Majed Jasem Al Muhammad was the father of the brothers.

@abuhuzaifa_ posted a photo on Twitter of three children, including an injured child, writing that “the father and mother died after being in a critical condition as a result of a severe injury, and these children remained alone. The family of Musleh Al Muhammad from Reef #Saraqeb after an aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on the outskirts of the city of Binnish at dawn today.” This implicated that a woman was also killed in the strikes.

@ShahbaPress and @SyrianCoalition later reported that four civilians had died. @so_ria98 also later updated the civilian death toll to four.

While the Syrian Civil Defence also reported seven injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported one injured civilian.

The Syrian Civil Defence wrote that “in conjunction with the Russian airstrikes, artillery bombardments of the regime forces targeted the same place with about 10 shells, with the aim of causing the largest possible number of casualties and preventing civil defence teams from reaching and saving civilians”, adding that SCD teams evacuated the wounded to hospitals and put out fires caused by the bombing.

Both Edlib Media Center and IdlibPlus reported five airstrikes. While nearly all sources blamed Russia for the airstrikes, Ain Ala Hasaka reported that “national aviation” had been responsible.

Providing context, the Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote that “despite the fact that Binnesh city is subject to a ceasefire agreement, reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020, the Syrian regime and its allies continue to attack the area, which has resulted in fresh displacement of residents.”

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (35) [ collapse]

  • Translation: “National aviation targets Binnish with spiteful air strikes in conjunction with artillery shelling” (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • The bodies of civilians killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Translation: "Three civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured, at dawn today, Monday 3 August, by Russian air strikes and artillery shelling of the regime targeting tents for displaced persons and residential buildings on the outskirts of Bunche city in Idlib eastern countryside” (via SCD).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence recovering the body of a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering bodies of victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Boy on a vehicle after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Civilians in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • A wounded child on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Translation: “The father and mother died in a critical condition as a result of a severe injury, and these children remained alone. The family of Musleh Al Muhammad from Reef #Saraqeb after an aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on the outskirts of the city of Bunche at dawn today” (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • These siblings lost their parents in alleged Russian airstrikes on Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • Translation: “The devastation caused by the bombing of the Russian occupation plane in several air strikes in Binnish City, east of Idlib, at dawn today” (via Edlib Media Center).
  • The targeted site of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • A destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Translation: “Three martyrs of one family and a number of wounded as a result of five successive raids from the Russian sail forces on the northern part of the city #Binnish Idlib countryside” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Part of the Russian bombing of Binnish city this morning” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “Shaam Pictures show the effects of the aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation air forces north of the city of Binnish this morning, which left martyrs and wounded civilians” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “A video showing the moment when the Russian occupation planes bombed residential houses in the city of Binnish in the Idlib countryside” (via Macro Media Center).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Macro Media Center).
  • Translation: “Four civilians were killed and others wounded due to shelling by warplanes on the perimeter of the city of Binnish, north of Idlib” (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Smoke and fire after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4275

Incident date

Location

تل واسط, Tal Waset, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was reported killed and another injured as a result of Russian forces or Syrian regime artillery strikes on Tal Waset in Hama on July 19th, 2020, according to local sources.

@alshmali_alhr0 tweeted that “One person was killed and a woman was injured due to artillery shelling by Russian occupation militia, which targeted the village of Tal Waset in Sahel Al-Ghab west of Hama.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that “a displaced civilian from the eastern suburbs of Hama governorate was killed when Syrian regime forces used a missile launcher to shell Tal Waset village in Sahl al Ghab in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on July 19th.”

Macro Media Center shared a video showing Civil Defence volunteers rescue an injured woman and pull out the body of a man who got killed in the shelling.

While most sources blamed the Syrian regime for this incident, @alshmali_alhr0 said that ‘Russian occupation militias’ were responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers responding to shelling in Tal Waset which resulted in the killing of one civilian and the injury of another on July 19th, 2020. (via SCD)

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4274

Incident date

July 15, 2020

Location

الباب, Al Bab, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and at least 10 civilians, including children and a woman, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Al Bab, Idlib governorate, on July 15th, 2019, according to local sources.

Local activists told Smart News Agency that “Russian warplanes targeted residential neighbourhoods in the city of Al Bab with three airstrikes, killing one child and wounding eight other civilians.”

The Facebook page Al Bab Coordination initially reported 11 injured civilians, among which two women, five children and four men. The page later shared a list provided by Al Bab Hospital with the names of the injured: one man, one woman and eight children.

Step News Ageny reported one killed child and six wounded. The Syrian Civil Defence reported nine wounded civilians, including a child in critical condition. SCD teams searched the rubble for victims.

According to Al Bab Coordination, the Iman mosque and the Al Jahjah roundabout in the city centre were targeted. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the use of high explosive rockets.

The city, which is under control of pro-Turkish opposition forces, was reportedly targeted in the evening. Muhammed Orabi, a correspondent for Step News Agency, reported that “the Russian airstrikes targeted the city with two raids, which targeted random civilian targets. The first raid targeted a civilian building inhabited by people displaced from the city of Saraqib, east of Idlib in the Beit Najjar neighbourhood near the Book Circle, and resulted in huge damage.”

The SOHR added that “it is worth noting that this is the second time Al Bab city was hit by Russian airstrikes since early February this year.”

The incident occured in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (23) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "#Al Bab | The preliminary statistic indicates that there were no martyrs and the initial number of wounded indicates 11 people were injured, and rescue work is still underway to remove more from the rubble and the injuries that have reached the hospital until the moment are: two women, five children, and four men" (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Victims in Al Bab hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city on July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • A child receiving medical care in Al Bab hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Injured children in the hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • An injured child receiving medical help in the hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
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    A list of the injured after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on A Bab on July 14th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
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    A man carrying an injured child into the hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Translatoin: "#Al-Bab: Remnants of the missile that targeted the area, next to the Mosque of Al Iman, just before" (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Photo of remnants of an alleged Russian missile that targeted the area surrounding Al Iman mosque in Al Bab, July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteer inspecting remnants of an alleged Russian missile that targeted the area surrounding Al Iman mosque in Al Bab, July 15th, 2020 (via Al Bab Coordination).
  • Translation: "9 civilians were wounded, in a preliminary toll, including a child in critical condition, after air strikes by unidentified aircraft, targeting a few residential quarters in the city of Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, civil defense teams continue to search and rescue operations and remove those stranded from the rubble" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: "Aleppo, Al Bab Russian warplanes targeted the eastern city of Al-Bab, north of Aleppo, with two strikes, one of which targeted the "Al-Iman Mosque" in the city center, and the strikes left many wounded. And the dead, and the siren sounded in the # Turkish bases" (via Eye on Al Hassaka).
  • Site of the strike after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Eye on Al Hassaka).
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    Wounded man receiving medical help after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Eye on Al Hassaka).
  • Translation: "The effects of the destruction caused by a flight believed to be related to the Russian occupation in the city of Al-Bab, east of Aleppo, after air strikes yesterday evening, which resulted in several civilian casualties, including children, and material damage to residential buildings" (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Damaged civilian homes after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Destruction after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Civilians standing in rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the city of Al Bab on July 15th, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Children injured in alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Bab City in Aleppo on July 16th, 2020 (via SNHR)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–11
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4272

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

الدقماق, Al Dakmak, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reported injured after alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery strikes on Al Dakmak, Idlib governorate, on July 14th, 2020, according to local sources.

Ebaa News wrote that Russian forces targeted the village with “heavy artillery shells”. The Syrian Civil Defence reported that two civilians had been injured in artillery strikes, but blamed the Syrian regime.

Ebaa News added that “it is noteworthy that the campaign of aerial and artillery shelling is still ongoing on the villages and towns of Jabal Al Zawiyah, south of Idlib, since this morning [July 14th], which threatens renewed displacement waves towards the Syrian-Turkish border.”

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The injury of two civilians, with artillery shelling by the regime forces, last night, July 14, targeting the village of Al-Duqmaq, west of Hama, and this came hours after the killing of a civilian and his child and wounding 3 other children and a woman, by missile shelling of the regime in the city of Jericho, south of Idlib" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers treating wounded civilians in an ambulance after alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling on the town of Al Dakmak, Idlib governorate, on July 14th, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4273

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

بلدات متعددة, Several towns, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A number of civilians were reported injured when Russian warplanes targeted several towns in Idlib on July 14th, 2020, according to Shaam News which reported: “Russian aircraft launched air strikes targeting the villages of Sarjila, Benin, Kafaraweed, and Sufouhn, accompanied by very heavy artillery and missile shelling on the city of Ariha , villages, and towns such as Safsra, Ain LaRuz, Al-Muzarira, Al-Fateera, Al-Barah and Al-Yansiya, which caused two martyrs, including a child, in Ariha and a number of wounded in the rest of the areas.”

The two reported victims were included in a separate Airwars’ assessment.

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4271

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman and a man were reported seriously injured when they were hit by artillery shelling or a drone attack while they were on their motorbike in Kansafra in Idlib on July 14th, 2020 according to local sources.

Step News correspondent said “that a drone targeted a man and a woman who were on a motorbike near the town of Kansafra in Jabal Al-Zawiya south of Idlib, seriously wounding them.” However, the source didn’t attribute the responsibility of the drone attack to any party.

From their side, @shahbapress accused the regime of the responsibility for wounding the two civilians, but Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib said that Russia undertook attacks in different areas of Idlib on that day. “Civil Defense teams documented the targeting of five areas with 13 air strikes by Russian warplanes and 17 surface-to-surface missiles.The shelling targeted the city of Ariha , the towns of Al-Bara, Kansafra, Kafaraweed, Sufouhn and Benin, Jabal Al-Zawiya.”

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4270

Incident date

July 14, 2020

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child and his father were reported killed, and five others including a woman were injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes or artillery strikes with rockets on Ariha in Idlib on July 14th, 2020, according to local sources.

Macro Media Center reported that “A father and his child were killed, and five others, a woman and four children who were displaced from the town of Kafrhaya got injured after a missile attack this afternoon, targeting the center of the city of Ariha and its entrances to the west of Idlib.”

The same source, which said the regime forces in Attarnaba town targeted Ariha with more than 40 grad missiles, identified the two victims as Mohammed Deeb Halabiya aged 40, and his child Akram Halabiya aged 12.

Shaam News said that the attack came after an explosive device had exploded during the passage of the joint Russian and Turkish military patrols on the international M4 highway in Idlib countryside, which resulted in injuries among Turkish and Russian soldiers, after which airstrikes and artillery strikes by Russian and the regime struck Ariha and other areas in Idlib.

Step News correspondent said that the shelling led to “a massive displacement movement from the southern countryside of Idlib, especially since many of the people returned to their homes after the Turkish-Russian ceasefire in mid-March.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • According to SCD, Ariha was a target of 14 rocket launchers by the Syrian regime on July 14th, 2020.
  • SCD volunteers in Ariha after it was struck with alleged Russian or Syrian regime rockets on July 14th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • SCD volunteers in Ariha after it was struck with alleged Russian or Syrian regime rockets on July 14th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • Civil Defense volunteers in Ariha after alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
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    A child injured as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on Ariha on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Civil Defense volunteers in Ariha after alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attacks on July 14th, 2020. (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Fires in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)
  • A man taking a look at the weapons used in the attack on Ariha on July 14th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • A man taking a look at the weapons used in the attack on Ariha on July 14th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Damage to a civilian building in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Ariha on July 14th. 2020 (via MMC)

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

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