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

RS3552

Incident date

January 22, 2019

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

12 year old Fatima Rahal was alleged killed in an airstrike that targeted Kfar Zeita,north-east of Souran in the northern suburb of Hama. Two other civilians were wounded, whom according to some sources, were children as well. 

One local source blamed Russian forces, while other sources blamed the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • atima Mahmoud Hasan al Rahhal 12 years old female killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3550

Incident date

January 20, 2019

Location

بكسريا, Baksriya, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Khan al-Sabil and  Baksriya in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour.

Around 3 am an alleged strike targeted Baksriya and killed two civilians; one man and a woman.

Between five and nine civilians were reported wounded and were evacuated by the Syrian Civil Defense teams. One local source alleged that most of the wounded were children, but did not mention a specific number.

The incident occured at approximately 3:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–9
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Destructed buildings of alleged Russian airstrike that targeted Baksriya (via LCCsy).
  • Destructed building in Baksriya caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via JMC).
  • Destructed building in Baksriya caused by an alleged Russian (via Jisir TV).
  • Firefighters in the Syrian Civil Defense extinguished a fire in Baksriya caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via @SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Destructed building in Baksriya caused by an alleged Russian airsrike(via @SyrianCoalition).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–9
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3551

Incident date

January 20, 2019

Location

الجانودية, al Janoudiya, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Khan al-Sabil and Baksriya in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour.

In Khan Al-Sabil, the airstrike targeted the “Al Taqwa” bakery, destroyed the building and wounded several civilians. There are varying reports on the exact number of wounded. Horrya news reported on two wounded civilians while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported on a total of four wounded civilians.

Jisir TV reported that one civilian died, but no other sources confirmed this account.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Destruction of the " al Taqwa" bakery, caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via SN4HR).
  • Destruction of a bakery in Al Janoudiya caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via JMC).
  • Destruction of a bakery in Al Janoudiya caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via JMC).
  • Destruction of a bakery in Al Janoudiya caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via JMC).
  • Destruction of a bakery caused by an alleged Russian airstrike (via JMC).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3549

Incident date

January 17, 2019

Location

اللطامنة, Al Lataminah, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

An alleged Russian airstrike killed a 53 year old man and wounded four of his family members who were rescued from the rubble of their home in Al Lataminah, according to sources on the ground. One local source reported that there were children among the wounded, although the exact number of children remains unknown.

No other details are known at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Khaled Karmo Al-Hilal 53 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Lataminah (via @SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Khaled Karmo Al-Hilal, age 53, was killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Lataminah (via @OKKO5Lc4iNiZH6S).
  • Khaled Karmo al Hilal, age 53, was killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Lataminah (via SN4HR).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position for incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3548

Incident date

January 11, 2019

Location

اللطامنة, Al Lataminah, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

A fourteen year old girl was alleged killed in a Russian airstrike. The alleged airstrike targeted Al Lataminah in northern Hama. Local sources reported that a woman and her two daughters were wounded and that the girl died from her injuries hours later. There are varying reports about the exact number of wounded, as some sources reported that only the mother was wounded while another source reported that up to five people were wounded.

Although all sources blamed Russia, some added that the airstrike was conducted by an unmanned armed drone. Airwars understands that Russia doesn’t operate unmanned armed drones in Syria, while the Syrian and Iranian regimes do.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Rufaida Satouf al Hdeiri 14 years old female from al Latamena town in Hama killed
  • Mother of Rufaida Satouf al Hdeiri Adult female from al Latamena town in Hama injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Video showing the funeral of a girl alleged killed in a Russian airstrike (via Step News).
  • Funeral of 14 year old Rafida Sattouf al-Hudairi who was alleged killed in a Russian airstrike (via Ala’ Al Deen Ref’at).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position for incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3544

Incident date

January 4, 2019

Location

مزرعة القنطار, Al Mentar farm, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At 5am on January the 4th, an alleged Russian airstrike targeted a farm in al-Mentar (Mazra’et Al Mentar) west of Khan Sheikhoun in the southern Idlib countryside and injured seven people, including a child and two women from the village of Al-Jibin. Civil Defense Forces reportedly rescued the family who was trapped under the rubble of their house. According to Halab Today TV, the victims were Iraqi civilians.

Ziad al-Aboud, commander of the civil defense sector in Khan Sheikun, added that this attack was one of three airstrikes with high-explosive missiles launched by a Russian aircraft.

The incident occured at 5:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al-Mentar (Mazra’et Al Mentar) farm in Idlib (via Step News).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al-Mentar (Mazra’et Al Mentar) farm in Idlib (via Lenskhanshykon1).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al-Mentar (Mazra’et Al Mentar) farm in Idlib (via Halab Today TV).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al-Mentar (Mazra’et Al Mentar) farm in Idlib (via Syria TV).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the Mantar Farm (via Horrya.net).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the Mantar Farm (via Horrya.net).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the Mantar Farm (via Horrya.net).
  • Syrian Civil Defense forces rescuing survivors of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Mantar farm (via Halab Today TV).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3547

Incident date

January 4, 2019

Location

دارة عزة, Darat Izza, Aleppo, Aleppo , Iraq

Airwars assessment

Around 11 pm in the night of January the 4th, alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Dera Azza, Urm Al Kubra, Al Rashidin and Rehab Al Mohandeseen.

In the village Dera Azza, up to three civilians of the Qadili family were killed, including a father and son, while ten civilians were wounded.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the suspected Russian planes “fired missiles near a chicken house sheltering IDPs in the west of Darat Izza city in Aleppo governorate”.

The incident occured at approximately 10:14 pm local time.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2–3
  • (1 child0–1 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • News report on alleged Russian airstrikes on Darat Azza and Urum Al-Kubra in Aleppo (via Jisir TV).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Darat Azza (via LCCsy).
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Darat Azza (via SCD Aleppo).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position for incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2–3
  • (1 child0–1 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3546

Incident date

January 4, 2019

Location

أورم الكبرى, Urma Al Kubra, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Around 11 pm in the night of January the 4th, alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Dera Azza, Urm Al Kubra, Al Rashidin and Rehab Al Mohandeseen.

In the village Urma Al Kubra, west of Aleppo, no civilians appear to have been killed but several were wounded. Reports varied on the number. One local source reported a total of 14 wounded from all above mentioned airstrikes. Other sources claimed between seven and nine civilians were wounded as a result of the airstrike on Urma Al Kubra alone. Among the reported wounded were three women and a child.

 

The incident occured at approximately 11:14 pm local time.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–14
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The aftermatch of an alleged Russian airstrike in Aleppo (Via Jisir TV).
  • The aftermatch of an alleged Russian airstrike in Aleppo (Via Qasioun).
  • Destruction as a result of an alleged Russian airstrike (via AMC).
  • Injured civilians as a result of an alleged Russian airstrike (via @OKKO5Lc4iNiZH6S).
  • Destructed vehicle as a result of an alleged Russian airstrike (via syria.liveuamap.com)
  • Destruction as a result of an alleged Russian airstrike (via Smart News Agency).

Geolocation notes (0) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–14
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]