Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3647

Incident date

July 1, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One to three civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Khan Sheikoun, Idlib, on July 1st.

IdlibPlus alleged “two martyrs and a number of wounded as a result of the targeting of Russian warplanes in the city of Khan Sheikhoun,” while Syria Civil Defense documented the death of three civilians in the attack.

Meanwhile, Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that “Khaled al Neser was killed along with Abdul Latif al Skhita as warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on al Gharbi neighborhood in Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on July 1st.” Two days after the strike, the source added that Yahya Turki al Jasem from Kafr Ein village in Idlib died on July 2nd due to wounds sustained in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun on July 1st.

Edlib Media center also reported five wounded as a result of the attack, while other sources named “others injured.”

Suriye.u.a.d reported the use of cluster munitions in the attack, and Step News Agency stated that one civilian was killed, along with “several injured.”

One source did not positively attribute blame for the airstrike, while 11 sources attributed the attack to Russian forces, and @SyrianCoaltion named both Russia and the Syrian regime in reporting the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: "Two martyrs and massive destruction, as a result of the terrorism of the Assad regime and Russia by aerial bombardment of residential neighborhoods with rocket on the city of # Khan Sheikhoun countryside # Idlib." (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Caption translation: "Two martyrs and massive destruction, as a result of the terrorism of the Assad regime and Russia by aerial bombardment of residential neighborhoods with rocket on the city of # Khan Sheikhoun countryside # Idlib." (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Caption translation: "Two martyrs and massive destruction, as a result of the terrorism of the Assad regime and Russia by aerial bombardment of residential neighborhoods with rocket on the city of # Khan Sheikhoun countryside # Idlib." (via @SyrianCoalition)
  • Image caption: "Khaled al Neser was killed alng with Abdul Latif al Skhita as warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on al Gharbi neighborhood in Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on July 1st" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Yahya Turki al Jasem, from Kafr Ein village in Idlib, allegedly died from wounds sustained in the strike on Khan Sheikhoun on July 1st (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).

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

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]