Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3771

Incident date

August 5–6, 2019

Location

مورك, Morek, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three to four civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Morek, Idlib, during the night of August 5th. “Several” others were reported wounded.

Smart News stated that “the regime’s helicopters dropped 11 barrels bombs and three naval mines on Morek. As a result, four civilians were killed and a fifth was injured. Warplanes with machine guns targeted the civil defense teams during evacuation of the targeted houses”.

Syrian Network for Human Rights also reported “at least 4 civilians, most of them from the same family, killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on several residential areas in Morek town in the northern suburbs of Hama governorate, on August 5th, 2019.”

According to this source, those killed in the attack had “returned to their town after they were displaced when the truce was announced by the Russian regime on August 2nd, 2019.”

Syria Civil Defense stated that “warplanes also targeted a civil defense team in a double raid, which led to the burning of the rescue vehicle and equipment”, yet did not “cause casualties among the volunteers.”

Sources predominantly attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, yet one source also named Russian forces in reporting the incident.

The incident occured during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Image caption translation: "Ahmad Abu al-Qaq, Khaled Abu al-Qaq and Ibrahim Abu al-Qaq were killed in the city of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama as a result of aerial bombardments by the Assad regime and Russian warplanes." (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image caption translation: "Ahmad Abu al-Qaq, Khaled Abu al-Qaq and Ibrahim Abu al-Qaq were killed in the city of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama as a result of aerial bombardments by the Assad regime and Russian warplanes." (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image caption translation: "Ahmad Abu al-Qaq, Khaled Abu al-Qaq and Ibrahim Abu al-Qaq were killed in the city of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama as a result of aerial bombardments by the Assad regime and Russian warplanes." (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image Caption: "At least 4 civilians, most of them from the same family, killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on several residential areas in Morek town in the northern suburbs of Hama governorate, on August 5, 2019. We point out that the victims returned to their town after they were displaced when the truce was announced by the Russian regime entered into force, on August 2, 2019." (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four civilians will be martyred and another injured in Morek city in Hama countryside last night as a result of being targeted by air strikes, explosive barrels and sea mines. Warplanes also targeted a civil defense team in a double raid, which led to the burning of the rescue vehicle and equipment completely without causing casualties among the volunteers." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Four civilians will be martyred and another injured in Morek city in Hama countryside last night as a result of being targeted by air strikes, explosive barrels and sea mines. Warplanes also targeted a civil defense team in a double raid, which led to the burning of the rescue vehicle and equipment completely without causing casualties among the volunteers." (via Syria Civil Defense)

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
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]