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

R4265

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that alleged Russian airstrikes on Kansafra in Idlib, Syria on June 9th, 2020 led to the killing of one civilian and the injury of four others.

Halab Today reported “One person was killed and at least four were injured, at dawn today, after Russian warplanes targeted the town of Kansafra in Jabal Zawiya.”

@EuphratsPost reported that “One civilian was killed and others wounded by a Russian airstrike on the towns of Baylon and Kansafra, in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

Baladi News reported that “Russian warplanes carried out several air strikes on the towns of Kansafra, Kafaraweed, and Al-Barah, between 4am and 7am”.

According to @so_ria98, Russian warplanes launched three missile air strikes targeting the village.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (6) [ 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
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4264

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

بليون, Balyon, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed and others injured including women and children in alleged Russian airstrikes on Balyon in Idlib, Syria on June 9th, 2020. The wife of the victim was injured in the strikes and died of her injuries on June 12th, 2020.

Syrian Civil Defense reported that a civilian was killed and eight others, including five children and a woman were injured in Russian airstrikes that targeted Baylon with three raids when civilians were getting ready to flee.

Baladi News said that “a civilian was killed and others were injured, at dawn today, after airstrikes carried out by Russian warplanes on the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib. Baladi News correspondent said that the young man, Abdullah Ahmad Al-Dani, from the town of Kansafra, was killed as a result of an air strike by Russian warplanes on the village of Baylon in the southern Idlib countryside.”

SMART Agency reported that “a civilian was killed and others wounded on Tuesday, when Russian warplanes bombed the village of Baylon in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, northern Syria.” SMART continues that “The director of the Civil Defense Center in Billion, Tariq Alloush, said with a statement to SMART that a civilian was killed and eight others were wounded, including children and women, as a result of an aerial bombardment on civilian homes in the western neighborhood of the village, where civil defense teams worked to assist the wounded in the Idlib city hospitals.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “The intensive airstrikes killed a civilian in Balyon, while others sustained various injuries.”

On June 12th, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Amenah Dani from Kansafra village died of her injuries on June 12th, 2020. The woman was injured in the alleged Russian strikes on June 9th, in which her husband was instantly killed.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights “notes that this attack which was carried out by Russian forces constitutes a breach of the ceasefire agreement reached after consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents that came into force on March 6th, 2020.”

Though all the sources blamed Russian forces, @SyriaCivilDefense said the civilian casualties are a result of Russian airstrikes and artillery and missile shelling of the regime forces on different areas in Idlib and Hama.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Abdullah Ahmad Al Dani Adult male husband of Amenah Al Dani killed
  • Amenah Al Dani Adult female wife of Abdullah Al Dani, from Kansafra village, died of injuries on June 12th, 2020 killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Baylon on June 9th, 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
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4266

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

ادلب المدينة, Idlib city, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three children were reported killed in the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib city, Syria on June 9th, 2020.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the the death of three children due to the explosion of an old bomb in Idlib city which is under the control of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that “three children were playing in their garden in Idlib city, on Tuesday morning, June 9th when a cluster bomb from the remnants of a previous bombing on the city exploded.”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the three victims as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Huthaifah Sa’ad al Din (Rand’s brother).

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that “three children from Idlib city, named as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Rand’s brother Huthaifah, were killed when a cluster munition left behind from previous bombing by Syrian- Russian alliance forces exploded while they were near a farm in al Jedar area in the southwest of Idlib city on June 9th.”

Local sources mentioned that the remnants of weapons constitute a real threat and danger to civilians and especially children in opposition held areas that were targets for airstrikes and shelling by the Syrian forces and the Russian forces. The Syrian Civil Defense said that “The regime and Russia have carried out 546 cluster bomb attacks on northern Syria from April 26th, 2019 to March 5th, 2020, thousands of which did not explode and have become temporary bombs threatening the lives of civilians, especially children.”

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The three children killed on June 9th, 2020 by the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib City. (via SN4HR)

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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

R4263

Incident date

June 8, 2020

Location

الموزرة , Al-Muzarra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians including a child were reported killed and four others including a woman injured in alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al Zawiya,Idlib, Syria on June 8th, 2020. One of the victims was identified as Hussein Ali Al-Abdo (or Al Abboud), aged 32 and Mustafa Abdul Ra’ouf al Hamshou, a child.

@IdlibPlus said “Two civilians were killed and three others including a woman were wounded this afternoon, as a result of Russian warplanes targeting with three air strikes civilian homes in the town of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya.”

Edlib Media Center reported ” Russian fighters launched several air strikes with explosive missiles this afternoon on the town of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, killing two civilians and wounding three others, according to the statistics of the civil defense teams.”

SMART Agency reported that “two civilians were killed and three others wounded on Monday, as a result of aerial bombardments by Russian warplanes on the towns and villages of Jabal al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, northern Syria. A private medical source told SMART that Russian warplanes bombed the village of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, which led to the death of Hussein Ali Al-Abdo (32 years), from Deir Sunbul, north of Hama, and another child from Hamsho family. The source added, that three other brothers were slightly injured, after which they were transferred to Idlib Hospitals for treatment.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said “Mustafa Abdul Raouf al Hamshou and Hussein Ali al Abboud were killed when fixed-wing warplanes which we believe were Russian fired missiles that landed in the vicinity of al Mozara village in Jabal al Zaweya in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate on June 8th, 2020.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • "Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded, including a woman, this afternoon, as a result of Russian warplanes targeting three air strikes, targeting civilian homes in the town of Al-Mozarah in Jabal Al-Zawiya."
  • "The death of two civilians and the injury of three others, including a woman, this afternoon Monday, June 8th, as a result of the bombing by Russian warplanes with three air strikes, the homes of civilians in the town of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, while a civilian was wounded by a missile strike targeting the town of Kastoun, west of Hama.
  • Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians after alleged three Russian air strikes on the homes of civilians in the town of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, June 8th, 2020. (via SCD)
  • Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians after alleged three Russian air strikes on the homes of civilians in the town of Al-Muzarra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, June 8th, 2020. (via @IdlibPlus).

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
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4261

Incident date

March 5, 2020

Location

معرة مصرين, Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 16 civilians, including between two and five children, were killed and up to 32 civilians were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on March 5th, 2020, according to local sources.

Edlib Media Center reported that there were “civilian martyrs and wounded as a result of Russian occupation warplanes targeting a building inhabited by displaced people near the city of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib, at dawn today [March 5th, 2020].”

@abuhuzaifa_ reported that 15 civilians had been killed and that more than 20 people were wounded. @Step_Agency initially reported three killed, but later put the death toll at 16 killed civilians, including five children.

Witnesses told Smart News Agency that the Russian warplanes targeted a farm inhabited by displaced people from the Ma’arat Al Numan area, killing nine civilians and wounding 20. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported the farm was a poultry farm.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the deaths of 15 civilians, including one girl and six women. In addition, 18 civilians were recorded wounded, some of whom in critical condition. According to SOHR, the victims are displaced people from Hama, Aleppo and other areas of Idlib.

Ahmed Sheikho, director of the Syrian Civil Defence Media office in Idlib told Smart News Agency that “Russian warplanes launched two raids on a farm inhabited by displaced families in the vicinity of the city of Ma’arat Misrin, killing 16 civilians, including seven women and two children, and wounding 21 others, including two children and four women”. Edlib Media Center reported that 32 people were wounded.

Whereas nearly all sources reported Russia as the belligerent, Shaam News Network blamed “Russian and Assad’s airforces”.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Belongings of civilians after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Child walking in rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer carrying a killed or injured child after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteer holding a child victim in an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Mission on March 5th, 2020 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Child standing in front of the destoyed farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4260

Incident date

March 3, 2020

Location

شلخ, Shalakh, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Shalakh on March 3rd, 2020, according to Shaam News Network.

Shaam reported that “Russian and Assad’s warplanes launched violent airstrikes targeting areas of clashes and the homes of civilians” in several cities and towns in Idlib governorate, among which Shalakh, were one killed civilian was reported.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4259

Incident date

March 3, 2020

Location

شارع الثلاثين, Al Thalatheen Street, Idlib city, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to nine civilians including five children were reported killed and up to 21 others injured in alleged Russia airstrikes with missiles, or the fall of rocket-propelled grenades believed to be from the regime forces and Iranian militias in Maarat al-Numan, on Al Thalatheen street in Idlib city on March 3rd, 2020.

Justice Organization identified names of six civilians killed in this attack, which shows that the victims belong to two families. From Haj Hamdo Family, a father (Hamza Haj Hamdo) died with his son (Shahem Hamza Haj Hamdo) and daughter (Rimas Haj Hamdo). Also from Al Asemi family, three children died: Abdul Rahman Al-Asemi, Abdullah Al-Asemi and Abdul Salam Al-Asmi.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “at least eight civilians, including four children, were killed in the explosion of an unknown source and in front of unequipped buildings sheltering IDPs in Al Thalatheen Street in Idlib city.” The Syrian Civil Defence reported nine killed, including four children.

Edlib Media Center blamed the Syrian regime and Iranian ‘militias’ for the attack, while @ShahbaPress blamed Russia. Edlib Media Center said “nine civilians were martyred and 14 others were wounded due to the fall of rocket-propelled grenades believed to be from the regime forces and Iranian militias in Maarat al-Numan, south of Idlib.” The Syrian Civil Defence reported that 21 people were wounded.

Shaam Network said that women and children are also among those injured.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (5 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    14–21
  • 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

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Three children from Al Asemi family were killed in an airstrike on Idlib City on March 3rd, 2020 (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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (5 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    14–21
  • 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

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4258

Incident date

March 2, 2020

Location

عدوان, Adwan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed and at least one man and woman were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on a school housing displaced people in the village of Adwan, western Idlib countryside, on March 2nd, 2020, according to local sources.

Step News Agency reported that Russian raids targeted camps for displaced people in the village of Adwan, killing one civilian and wounding an unknown number of others. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Adwan  Secondary School was targeted.

A spokesperson for the Syrian Civil Defence in the Sahel Al Rouj region reported that “during the night, Russian warplanes bombed a school inhabited by displaced people in the village of Adwan (19 km southwest of Idlib), which resulted in the wounding of a woman and a man who were treated by the civil defence teams and brought to the Darkush village hospital.”

Shaam News Agency reported that “Russian and Assad’s warplanes launched airstrikes in the midst of artillery and missile shelling” targeting several cities and towns in Idlib governorate, among which a camp for displaced people in Adwan village.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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

Sources (4) [ collapse]