Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3887

Incident date

October 28, 2019

Location

كفرنبل, Kafar Nabil, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three men were killed and 2 others injured after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on October 28th 2019, according to local sources. It remains contested whether the victims were civilians or militants.

@SyrianCoalition reported that 3 men were killed and 2 injured after Russian warplanes bombed residential neighborhoods of the city. The Syrian Civil Defence reported the same numbers on Facebook, and stated that “Civil Defence teams recovered the bodies of the dead and rescued the injured to nearby medical points”. According to Step News, “vacuum missiles” were used.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights recorded the death of 3 “fighters of rebel factions”. A Step News correspondent however reported that all harmed were civilians.

While most sources point to Russia as the belligerent of the incident, Shaam News Agency reported that the Assad regime was responsible for the artillery strikes that killed 3 people, in addition to Russian airstrikes on the city.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • A building that was reportedly damaged by alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on October 28th 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping wounded after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on October 28th 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping wounded after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on October 28th 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping wounded after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil, Idlib governorate, on October 28th 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Footage of the alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Kafar Nabil on October 28th, 2019 (via @Kyruer).

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 status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]