Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3978a

Incident date

December 3, 2019

Location

محمبل, Mhambel, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One man was killed and others injured, including a child, after an alleged airstrike by the Syrian government or Russia military in the village of Mhambel, in the western Idlib countryside on December 3rd 2021, according to local sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said: “Syrian regime forces helicopters dropped barrel bombs near Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque in Mhambel village in the western suburbs of Idlib governorate, killing Mohammad al Yahya and partially damaging the mosque.”

Mohammad was 45-years-old, according to Facebook user Wasim Alkhalaf.

Mohammad al Yahya was a shepherd, according to several sources. @HalabTodayTV  and @Nabel_othman023 reported that the strike resulted in the death of a number of sheep.

Several sources, including @media_idlib, reported that a girl was also injured and that extensive damage was sustained to homes and properties.

@shahemsawafmo tweeted an image of an alleged barrel bomb that landed between civilian homes and failed to explode. It was subsequently disabled by professionals, according to the source.

Mostafa Taqeeqa, an apparent relative of the victim, said: “We belong to God and to Him we shall return. My cousin, Ahmed Muhammad Al-Yahya, passed away as a result of the targeting of the Assadi aviation of hatred.”

While most sources blamed Syrian goverernment barrel bombs for the casualties, Shaam reported that Russian warplanes were also present in the area. Artillery strikes were also carried out, according to the source.

Some sources stated the strike took place in the afternoon, others in the evening. Wasim Alkhalaf said the incident occurred at 16:37.

 

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of alleged barrel bombing by the Syrian regime on the Syrian regime on Mhambel, Dec 3rd 2019.
  • The aftermath of alleged barrel bombing by the Syrian regime on the Syrian regime on Mhambel, Dec 3rd 2019. (via SN4HR)
  • An alleged barrel bomb, which failed to explode, in the village of Mhambel in western Idlib on December 3rd, 2019. According to the source it was later defused. (Image uploaded by @shahemsawafmo)
  • An image uploaded to an article, caption "archive image", that mentions the strike on Mhambel on December 3rd, 2019. (Image uploaded by Aramme)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime 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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (22) [ collapse]