Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3921

Incident date

November 10, 2019

Location

كفرومة, Kafrouma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven civilians, including three children and a journalist, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kfarouma in Idlib governorate on November 10th, 2019. Between eight and 10 civilians, including children, were injured, as reported by local sources.

Step News Agency reported that Russian air raids targeted Kafrouma, “coinciding with artillery shelling from the regime forces stationed in Tel Aas”. Idlib Plus reported that the town was targeted with “three airstrikes and 17 artillery shells on civilian homes in the center of the town”.

Besides the death of three children, Shaam News Agency also reported the death of a woman. They furthermore identified Abdulhamid Al Yusuf, a media officer in the Kafrouma Media Office, as one of the victims. Al Yusuf was killed while reporting on the airstrikes.

Siblings Fatima Aqsa (14), Iman Aqsa (5) and Mohammed Aqsa (3) were killed in the airstrikes. Their sister Asma (10) was injured. Syrian Civil Defence wrote in a post on Facebook that Iman and Mohammed were playing outside when they heard the sound of missiles fired. “The siblings fled and tried to hide in the bosom of their older sister Fatima, 14, but it was not a safe place as they thought”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Amer Kamal Al Basal, a nurse for A Salam Dispensary in Kfarouma, was killed as well while doing his job. They wrote that “Syrian regime forces artillery fired shells on Al Gharbi neighborhood in Kfarouma village as he arrived there to aid the injured of previous bombing by fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian on the same neighborhood”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • 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 (42) [ collapse]

Media
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via SMART News Agency).
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via Shaam News Agency).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Siblings Mohammed (3, left), Iman (5, right) and Fatima (14, not pictured) were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019. Their sister Asma (10, middle) was injured (via Justice Organization).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • 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 (42) [ collapse]