Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3634

Incident date

June 26, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikoun, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to two volunteers for the Syria Civil Defense were reported killed, and two others injured, in the second of a double-tap airstrike on the Al Beira neighborhood in east of  Khan Sheikoun city, Idlib, on June 26th.

The strike allegedly came following another airstrike, and killed Syrian Civil Defense members while they were tending to those wounded in the first attack.

Macro Media Center reported that “Civil Defense volunteers Ali Al Qadour and Omar Kayyal were killed, and two others were injured, following a double Russian air raid on a civilian defense ambulance in Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib.” Syrian Network for Human Rights noted that “that Ali is from Morek town in Hama governorate northern suburbs while Omar is from Khan Sheikhoun city.”

An earlier report from Macro Media Center, and Edlib Media Cnter cited the death of one member of Syria Civil Defense.

The Syrian Civil Defense themselves reported that both Ali and Omar were killed in the double-tap airstrike that wounded five other volunteers as well.

All sources discussing this incident attributed the attack to Russian forces, except for Smart News who attributed blame to the Syrian regime.

The Syrian Civil Defense published a statement that said ” that a thorough examination of the evidence, such as eyewitness accounts and the identification of munitions used in the attack on white helmets, has proved conclusively that the aircraft that committed the crime of targeting and killing our volunteers belong to the Russian Air Force, which used surveillance aircraft”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ali Al Qadour Adult male killed
  • Omar Kayyal Adult male killed
  • Abd Al Razak Hallak Adult male injured
  • Mohammed Diab Adult male injured
  • Khaled Najem Adult male injured
  • Ahmed Katouf Adult male injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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

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Media
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  • Image Caption translation: "The high toll of the martyrs of the civil defense to two martyrs (Ali Al Kadour _ Omar Kayyal) after being targeted by a double raid by the warplanes." (Via Macro Media Center)
  • Image Caption translation: "The high toll of the martyrs of the civil defense to two martyrs (Ali Al Kadour _ Omar Kayyal) after being targeted by a double raid by the warplanes." (Via Macro Media Center)
  • Ali al Qaddour and Omar al Kayyal, members of Civil Defense- Khan Sheikhoun, were killed in an alleged double-tap airstrike when they were tending to the wounded of an earlier airstrike on June 26th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • One of five volunteers for the Syrian Civil Defense who was wounded in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • One of five volunteers for the Syrian Civil Defense who was wounded in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • One of five volunteers for the Syrian Civil Defense who was wounded in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • One of five volunteers for the Syrian Civil Defense who was wounded in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Names and photographs of Ali and Omar, the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers who were killed by an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Statement by Syrian Civil Defense blaming Russia for killing two of its members on June 26th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Omar Kayyal, volunteer for the Syrian Civil Defense and killed in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Shabab Al Latamina).
  • Ali al-Qadur, volunteer for the Syrian Civil Defense and killed in an alleged Russian double-tap airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Shabab Al Latamina).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
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    Omar, wrapped in a white sheet for his funeral after he was killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
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    Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defense teams at the funeral of two of their colleagues who were killed in an alleged Russian double-tab airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun on June 26th (via Edlib Media Center).

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 type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]