Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3800

Incident date

August 14, 2019

Location

بسقيا قرب معرة حرمة, Bsqia near Ma’ret Harma, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

In the first of two consecutive airstrikes near Ma’ret Harma, Idlib, two medical workers for Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) were reported killed on August 14th.

Macro Media Center reported that “a driver and paramedic from SAMS medical system were killed after a double Russian airstrike on Maaret Harma town south of Idlib.”

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that “a driver in the ambulance team and a male nurse were killed, after being targeted by the Russian warplanes that targeted the area between Maarrat Hurmah and Sheikh Mustafa south of Idlib.”

Syria Civil Defense named those killed as Fadi Al-Omar and Mohammad Hosni Mashnen.

@SyrianCoalition tweeted that “Mohammad Mishnen, 29, a paramedic doctor, and Fadi, 34, the driver of an ambulance in the SAMS ambulance system in Hama countryside, was killed by a direct airstrike from #Russian occupation yesterday morning.”

While sources predominantly named Russia as the belligerent responsible for the attack, a number of sources named both the Syrian regime and Russian forces in reports of the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Image Caption Translation: "Fadi Al-Omar and Mohammad Hosni Mashnen, who sacrificed their lives today for Syria, join our colleagues in the Hama Ambulance System (SAMS) in mourning the martyr heroes, who were brutally killed by a direct Russian air strike targeting ambulances while they were in the medical point in the southern countryside of Idlib this morning" (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Fadi Al-Omar and Mohammad Hosni Mashnen, who sacrificed their lives today for Syria, join our colleagues in the Hama Ambulance System (SAMS) in mourning the martyr heroes, who were brutally killed by a direct Russian air strike targeting ambulances while they were in the medical point in the southern countryside of Idlib this morning" (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image Caption Translation: "Fadi Al-Omar and Mohammad Hosni Mashnen, who sacrificed their lives today for Syria, join our colleagues in the Hama Ambulance System (SAMS) in mourning the martyr heroes, who were brutally killed by a direct Russian air strike targeting ambulances while they were in the medical point in the southern countryside of Idlib this morning" (via Justice Organisation)
  • Image Caption: "The nurse Mohammad Husni Mishnen and the ambulance driver Fadi al Omar were killed as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on an emergency point of Hama Ambulatory system- supported by Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)- in Bsiqa village in the northwest of Ma’aret Harma village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on August 14th" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)

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
    2
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]