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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Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

RS656

Incident date

February 22, 2016

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

According to the Violations Documentation Center one adult male, was killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Douma.

The VDC linked to a video by the media activist Yasser al Fawal al Doumani which includes a voiceover saying that the victim was killed by Russian warplanes. Abobian said there had been three raids by warplanes, but didn’t identify the culprit.

However, the majority of sources said Douma had been targeted by heavy artillery, resulting in the deaths of a “number of civilians”.

Syriapc and Syria Mubashar blamed the regime for the shelling.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Ahmad Abd al Rahman al Tobaji, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Yasser al Fawal al Doumani)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

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)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS654

Incident date

February 22, 2016

Location

حتلا, Hatla, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.34169, 40.19897 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between two and six civilians including one or two children and one woman died in an alleged Russian airstrike on Hatla, according to multiple local sources – with some reporting that all six victims were from the same family.

According to Deir Ezzor is Being Slaughtered Silently, Russian warplanes carried out two raids. LCCSY put the death toll at two including one woman, killed in strikes “believed to be Russian”. Deirezzor and Deir Free said three non-combatants died in a Russian strike, while Al Jazeera said two civilians died in a Russian strike – one of whom was a child. Other sources, including Halab Today, put the death toll higher, at four – including two children – and also attributed the incident to Russia. Zamanmasdar reported that four civilians from the same family died and six others were wounded.

RFS said that “about six” were killed, while Najwa Alqusir and Jisr TV said that a family of six died – both sources blamed Russia.

One victim (a child) was named by the Violations Documentation Centre.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 6
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (27) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 6
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS651

Incident date

February 21, 2016

Location

سراقب, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.864249, 36.804977 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

One to three civilians died in an alleged Russian airstrike on Saraqib in Idlib, according to local sources.

Siryahora reported that “three warplanes fired thermobaric missiles resulting death of three people and several injuries, most serious“, though didn’t identify the warplanes.

Step also said three died and that one was “burned” while many were injured – but didn’t report who was responsible.

The VDC named a victim as killed in a Russian strike on Saraqib. The victim was also named by Syrian Martrys, but they didn’t say where he died in Idlib.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Images of the aftermath of the alleged Russian raid. (via, Syriahora)
  • News bulletin showing the aftermath of the alleged Russian raid. (via, Step)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS652

Incident date

February 21, 2016

Location

دوار الـ"7كم", 7km roundabout, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.3705008, 40.2155587 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. marker Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Four adult males died in an alleged Russian airstrike on the 7km roundabout in the Deir ez-Zor countryside, according to local sources.

In a news roundup, Shaam News Network put the death toll at four and blamed Russia. The victims were named by the VDC.

The victims – killed in an alleged Russian raid – were also named by Alsharqya and Ahraralmayadeon .

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (4 men)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Ahmad al-Turky, killed in an alleged Russian raid. (via VDC)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (4 men)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS653

Incident date

February 21, 2016

Location

الحصان, Al Hissan, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.4008045, 40.1184654 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Akhbar.net reported that one non-combatant died in a Russian strike on the town of al Hissan. The VDC named one adult male, as killed in a Russian strike.

However, Gulf Eye News  and Akbaralan News reported deaths in nearby Hatlah from Russian strikes, but none in Al Hissan.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

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

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS649

Incident date

February 21, 2016

Location

عنجارة, Anjara, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2203271, 36.952976 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. marker Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians including three children and one woman died and 50 more were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes with cluster bombs on Anjara, according to local sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported: “Six citizens (including 2 citizen women and two children) were killed and injured when warplanes believed to be Russian bombed areas in Anjarah town in the western countryside of Aleppo, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation.

Syria Mirror reported that Russia dropped cluster bombs on the town, killing seven civilians and wounding around 50 more, including women and children. JisrTV also blamed Russia and gave the same death toll as Syria Mirror.

Four civilians were named by the Violations Documentation Center in addition to one unidentified female child.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–50
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–50
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS650

Incident date

February 21, 2016

Location

النعمان, Al Nu'man, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.46321, 37.43317 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to 15 civilians were killed in an airstrike on Al Nu’man, which all local sources attributed to Russia.

Shaam News Network reported that “Russian warplanes carried out raids on the village of Al Nu’man leading to the fall of several martyrs and wounded.” And at 0’13” in a video by Halab Today, the channel allege that 12 unidentified people died in Russian raids on the village. Alsouria.net also put the death toll at 12 including children.

SyriaPC too said that Russia was responsible, and that the death toll – which it initially put at 12 – was likely to rise as many people were still under the rubble. According to Ara News, as many as 15 non-combatants were killed.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 15
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • News bulletin reporting on the alleged Russian raid in the village of al Nu’man. (via, Halab News)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 15
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS647

Incident date

February 20, 2016

Location

Korin, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.8642, 36.5683 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One male civilian died in an alleged Russian airstrike on Korin, according to the Violations Documentation Centre.

The victim was also named by other sources – who blamed Russia as well.

However, according to JisrTV, five civilians died in Russian raids in the city of Idlib – though this may be a separate incident.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 6
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • A news bulletin documenting the alleged raid. (via JisirTV)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 6
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]