Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R2452c

Incident date

October 6, 2017

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Airwars assessment

In what has been described as a “massacre”, as many as 20 civilians were killed – including women and children – and dozens more were wounded – following airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun. Local media reported that Russian warplanes were to blame, though some sources including the Violations Documentation Centre blamed the Syrian regime.

Initial reporting by the @SyrianCoalition tweeted that five civilians were killed including three women. Additionally, they did not attribute blame to any belligerent for the strikes. 

The highest death toll was @ZakariaNassani who alleged that 20 civilians had been killed. They also tweeted a graphic video showing civilian casualties.

Aletihadpress reported that “At least seven people, four of them children, were killed after Russian raids on the city of Khan Sheikhoun”. They added that Civil Defence workers were attempting to search for missing victims under the rubble of two residential buildings which collapsed.

@SyriaCivilDefe alleged that “residential areas were targeted”. Enabbaladi reported that “Russian warplanes targeted the market of the city of Khan Sheikhoun with space rockets”.

Alsouria, who blamed both the Syrian regime and Russia, alleged that there were three strikes. 

One source alleged multiple strikes: “The first attack targeted a number of houses and shops of the city, destroying it completely. The second raid targeted the center of the popular market for the city, which led to a number of casualties and martyrs as a result of air strikes”.

Many graphic images were published showing dead children.

The incident occured at 11:30 am local time.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 20
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
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    Dead children in the aftermath of an airstike on on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @ZakariaNassani)
  • Syrian Civil defence rescuing civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Syrian Civil defence rescuing civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Syrian Civil defence rescuing civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @SyrianCoalition)
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    Syrian Civil defence rescuing civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @Wesal_TV)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @MOAZALSHAMY)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @MustafaSejari)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @MustafaSejari)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @MustafaSejari)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via @MustafaSejari)
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    A casualty in the aftermath of an aftermath of a airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via Sharek.team.Syria)
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    Mohammad Ziad Saloum al-Abd, killed in an airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via VDC)
  • The exact moment an airstrike struck Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via Sharek.team.Syria)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via Sharek.team.Syria)
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    Child casualty in the aftermath of an airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via Sharek.team.Syria)
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    Ahmad Aref al-Nasif, killed in an airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, 6th October 2017. (via VDC)

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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 20
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]