Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3812

Incident date

August 16, 2019

Location

الغدفة, Al Ghadfa, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was reported killed in airstrikes on Al Ghadfa, Idlib, on August 16th.

Both Shaam News and Step Agency reported that “Russian and Syrian warplanes launched several airstrikes” on a number of cities and towns including Al Ghadfa, on August 16th.

Shaam News and other sources documented the fatality in Al Ghadfa as a child, yet Step News referred to a “civilian killed” with no reference to the age of the casualty.

Meanwhile, Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “the child Ahmad Tareq al Ali was killed as Syrian regime warplanes fired missiles on west of al Ghadfa village in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on August 16.”

Syria Civil Defense also stated that two women were injured in the airstrike.

Two sources named both Russian forces and the Syrian regime in reports of the incident, while two sources attributed sole responsibility for the attack to the Syrian regime. One other source did not positively attribute blame.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Image caption translation: "A child was martyred and two women were injured, as a result of a warplane air strike targeting al-Ghadfa town of Idlib countryside, our teams were there with civilians." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image caption translation: "A child was martyred and two women were injured, as a result of a warplane air strike targeting al-Ghadfa town of Idlib countryside, our teams were there with civilians." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Image caption translation: "A child was martyred and two women were injured, as a result of a warplane air strike targeting al-Ghadfa town of Idlib countryside, our teams were there with civilians." (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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (5) [ collapse]