Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3946

Incident date

November 20, 2019

Location

معرة النعمان, Maarat Nu’man, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven civilians including four children and a woman died and as many as “dozens” more civilians were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al-Numan, according to local media. The strikes occurred on “World Children’s Day”.

The Shaam News Network reported: “The director of the civil defense sector in Maarat al-Numan said that Russian warplanes launched three raids on the city of Maarat al-Numan, killing six people, including four children and a woman.

“He added that the shelling also wounded 11 people, including three women and three children”.

Syria Live ua map said that “a whole family – four children, a woman and a man – displaced from Kafrnabouda town were killed”.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “at least six civilians, including four children (three males and one female) and a woman, were killed as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Ein Qrei’e neighborhood in southeast of Ma’aret al Numan city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on November 20.”

Sources published multiple images of child fatalities, some of which are very graphic.

 

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Mohamed Abdul Karim Basas Child male killed
  • Khadijah Basas Child female killed
  • Bilal Basas Adult male killed

Family members (2)

  • ِAmina Qtiesh Adult female killed
  • Khudour Qtiesh male killed
  • Ibrahim al Hammoud Child male killed
  • Mohammed Khader Al-Homoud Child male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
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    The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al-Numan, Nov 20th.
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    A civilian victim of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via Justice Organisation)
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    A child victim of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via Justice Organisation)
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    A child victim of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via Justice Organisation)
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    The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MCC)
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    Two children killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MCC)
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    The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MCC)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MCC)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MCC)
  • Smoke rises over Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th, following an alleged Russian airstrike (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via MMC)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Numan, Nov 20th (via White Helmets)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]