Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3979

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

كفرسجنة, Kafrsijna, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

As many as four civilians, including three men and one child, were killed and between two to three civilians, including three men, were injured in a series of alleged Russian airstrikes that targeted the village of Kafrsijna, Idlib governorate, on December 4th 2019, according to local sources.

A Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) volunteer told Smart News: “Russian warplanes targeted a group of workers who were working in the olive harvest in the village of Kafrsijna south of Idlib city, killing three of them and wounding three others”. The source added that the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital and that SCD volunteers were still searching the site of the bombing for victims underneath the rubble.

@mahmoodalsobih and @abo1mnhal reported that the strikes targeted civilian homes.

Several sources revealed the identities of three male victims as Fahad Al Abdullah and Hassan Al-Sabeeh, from Kafrsijna, and Mahmoud Nasser Al-Jaman from the town of Heish.

Fahad Al Abdullah worked in education, according to several of the sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a child was also killed. @abdalbast001, who reported on the strike on Kafrsijna, said the child had been killed in a separate strike in Saraqib.

@abo_rashed_101 and @abo1mnhal reported that two people had been injured in the strike, their injuries were described as serious.

Other sources put the number of injured at three. Husam Ahmad Saloum gave the names of the injured civilians as Salim Al-Saleh, Ali Al Eisa and Malek Al-Sbeeh. According to the source, Russian warplanes targeted the village in a series of strikes. The first strike was at 21:39, targeting the vicinity of the town, a strike at  21:43 targeted the perimeter of the town. These were followed by two more strikes at 21:44 and 21:50.

@liveuamar said the number of people killed in the attack had risen to four.

Almost all of the sources said Russian aircraft had carried out the strikes.

 

The incident occured between 9:39 pm and 9:50 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (-1–1 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Media
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    An image of a body, partially buried under rubble, that was posted alongside a tweet about an alleged Russian airstrike on the town of Kafrsijna, Idlib governate on December 4th 2019. (Image uploaded to Twitter by @abo1mnhal)
  • A map, generated by @liveuamar, shows the situation around the town of Kafrsijna at the time of an alleged Russian airstrike on December 4th 2019. (Image uploaded by @liveuamar)
  • Hassan Al-Sabeeh was killed in an alleged Russian airstrike in the town of Kafrsijna, Idlib governate on December 4th 2019. According to a Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) volunteer the strike targeted a group of civilians who were participating in the olive harvest. (Image uploaded to Facebook by Yusufwaice)
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    The body of Mahmoud Nasser Al-Jaman, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike in the town of Kafrsijna, Idlib Governate on December 4th 2019. According to a Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) volunteer, the strike targeted a group of civilians participating in the olive harvest. Mr. Al-Jaman was from the town of Heish. (Image uploaded to Facebook by Abu Jood)

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
    3 – 4
  • (-1–1 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]