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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end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3871

Incident date

Location

كفرنبل, Kafr Nabil, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A single source claimed that a civilian was killed and another wounded due to artillery and rocket shelling by the Syrian regime and Russian forces on residential neighborhoods in Kafr Nabil, struck from camp in Al-Nimr hill near Khan Sheikhoun.

No other details are known at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    One of the victims of an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike on a residential neighborhood in Kafr Nabil on August 31st (via Baladi News).

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime 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
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3870

Incident date

August 31, 2019

Location

أورم الكبرى, Urma al-Kubrah, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Russian airstrikes allegedly struck the Al-Iman Hospital for children and women in the town of Urma Al-Kubra in western Aleppo in the middle of the night. Step News Agency reported six raids using “vacuum missiles”, otherwise described as “high explosive missiles” by SMART News Agency.

According to SMART, a child was killed and three other civilians were injured while Step News Agency reported on a total of six injured civilians.

The Syrian Civil Defense similarly reported on six injured civilians and reported that most of them were children, while in a separate post adding that the victims include ” pregnant women and newborns”.

The incident occured around midnight.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Name unknown
  • Name unknown Age unknown

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (27) [ collapse]

  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Car near the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Car near the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Car near Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • "Russian warplanes target Al-Iman Children's Hospital in Aleppo countryside with air strikes"
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3869

Incident date

August 29, 2019

Location

معرشمشة, Ma’arshamsha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that three or four civilians died in an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Ma’arshamsha.

According to the Shaam News Network, “a civilian vehicle for IDPs in the village of Maarshamsheh” was struck, killing three people – two women and a child.

Step put the death toll at four, including a woman and her child.

Idlib Plus reported: “Four martyrs, including a child and two women, and injury of six others, including a child and a woman, as a result of the regime warplanes shelling  Ma’arshamsha village east of Ma’arat al-Nu`man.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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 (16) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3868

Incident date

August 29, 2019

Location

التح, Al Tah, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians – a woman and her two sons (one of whom was a child) died in an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Tah, local media reported.

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian warplanes targeted al-Tah town in the southern countryside of Idlib, leaving three martyrs, a mother and two of her sons, as they attempted to enter the town at night to remove part of their belongings that they left behind”.

Edlib Media Centre also said three civilians died but it said that they were two men and one woman.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Russian forces killed two brothers and their mother in al Tah village in Idlib. The child Adel Abdul Rahman Fahd al Barrouk and his brother Hamoud were killed along with their mother Amna al Sultan as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on al Tah village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on August 29.”

Smart reported  “three dead and two wounded from one family”.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (1) [ collapse]

  • "The child Adel Abdul Rahman Fahd al Barrouk and his brother Hamoud were killed along with their mother Amna al Sultan as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on al Tah village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on August 29." (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

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

R3867

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

سراقب,, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Eight civilians were wounded in an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on a market in Saraqib, local media said.

According to Smart, “On August 28, 2019, eight civilians were injured when regime warplanes bombarded the city of Saraqeb near Idlib in northern Syria. A medical source in the city said that eight civilians were wounded as a result of the aerial bombardment. Local sources said that the regime warplanes were responsible for the bombing”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported: “Syrian regime fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the local market in the middle of Saraqeb city in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, severely damaging several shops and the market’s facilities, on August 28.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • "Syrian regime fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the local market in the middle of Saraqeb city in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, severely damaging several shops and the market’s facilities, on August 28." (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

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3866

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

تلمنس, Telmans, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

The Step News agency reported the death of one civilian in an alleged Russia or regime air or artillery strike on Telmans.

Smart reported that there were wounded civilians in a regime strike.

No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (2) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3865

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

جرجناز, Jarjanaz, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that one civilian died in an alleged Russia or regime airstrike on Jarjanaz.

No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R3864

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

التمانعة, Al Tamani’a, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian reportedly died in an alleged Russian or regime strike on Al Tamani’a.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ” a civilian was killed due to a Russian bombardment that targeted the farms of Al-Taman’aa town south of Idlib”.

Edlib Media Centre said that a man died in a Russian airstrike.

The Shaam News Network noted: “Russian and Assad warplanes and helicopters launched dozens of airstrikes accompanied by very heavy artillery and rocket shelling targeting the cities and towns [of Idlib]….[resulting] in a martyr in Al Tamani’a”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ 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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]