Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3730

Incident date

July 24, 2019

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Alleged Syrian or Russian fixed-wing warplanes fired several missiles on a local market in the center of Ariha city, killing up to 19 people, according to local sources.

Syrian regime fixed-wing warplanes fired several missiles on a local market in the center of Ariha city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, damaging several shops and market facilities

According to Ariha Today, the bombin started at ten o’clock in the morning when MiG-23 warplanes targeted the eastern neighborhood of the city with rocket-propelled grenades, killing a mother and her child and wounding three other civilians.

The source added that at noon, the Al-Ain neighborhood was struck and the another three civilians were killed, in addition to ten wounded – of whom most were women and children.

The main market in the city was struck at 4:00 pm, when another six civilians were injured, according to Ariha today.

Smart News places the death toll higher and reported that a total of 19 civilians, most of them children, were killed and wounded by the shelling on Ariha. The source claimed also reported that a woman and her child were killed in the first strike and four others  were wounded – including a child. The source added that another aircraft launched a missile attack on the city, killing a child and wounding nine children and three women.

Two days after the incident, @SyrianCoalition reported that the girl Riham, who was seen on several photographs trying to save her little sister Rowan from the rubble of their collapsed house, died. The source added that “Rowan and Dalia remain with their three sisters.”

The incident occured between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ikram Rustam Adult female killed
  • Mohammed Walid Hassan Child male killed

Family members (1)

  • Riham Child female killed
  • Abdel Moneim Wael Qarabi Child male injured
  • Abdul Jabbar Eid Age unknown male injured
  • Omar Safwan Akhras Age unknown injured
  • Asma`a Nakouh Age unknown killed
  • Reham Majed Al Abdullah Age unknown killed
  • Saeed Mohammed Rihani Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 19
  • (2–5 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–16
  • 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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    Father trying to save his children after an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike struck Ariha on July 24th (via Shaam News).
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    Father trying to save his children after an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike struck Ariha on July 24th (via Shaam News).
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    Father trying to save his children after an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike struck Ariha on July 24th (via Shaam News).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteer carrying a wounded girl after an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike struck Ariha on July 24th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Several alleged Syrian regime missiles struck a market in Ariha on July 24th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
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    Syrian Civil Defense forces rescued a boy from the rubble after alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrikes on Ariha on July 24th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Aftermath of alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrikes on Ariha on July 24th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers at the scene after a local market in Ariha was struck with alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on July 24th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Several alleged Syrian regime missiles struck a market in Ariha on July 24th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Several alleged Syrian regime missiles struck a market in Ariha on July 24th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Several alleged Syrian regime missiles struck a market in Ariha on July 24th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Several alleged Syrian regime missiles struck a market in Ariha on July 24th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Video capturing the first moments a market in Ariha was struck on July 24th (via Macro Media Center).
  • Riham died after trying to save her little sister Ruwan from the rubble of their collapsed house after it was struck by Syrian or Russian regime strikes on Ariha in Idlib on July 24th (via @SyrianCoalition).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 19
  • (2–5 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–16
  • 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]