Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3991

Incident date

December 7, 2019

Location

إبديتا, Abdita, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Six civilians including a woman and five children died in an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Abdita, according to local media.

Many sources blamed regime barrel bombs for the civilian harm, though there were also claims that Russian conducted airstrikes.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported: “at least five civilians (four girls and a woman) were killed as Syrian regime forces helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Abdita village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate”.

The Syrian Human Rights committee reported on 16 December 2019 that child Abdullah Al-Zaidan died because of wounds he endured in the attack, only to be added to the other victims: Noor Ali Zidan (child), Iman Ali Zidan (child), Walaa Muteeh Al-Jazzar and her two daughters whose names are not available at the moment.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Noor Ali Zidan Child female https://www.shrc.org/?p=35439 killed
  • Iman Ali Zidan Child female https://www.shrc.org/?p=35439 killed
  • Walaa Muteeh Al-Jazzar Adult female https://www.shrc.org/?p=35439 killed
  • Abdullah Al-Zaidan Child male https://www.shrc.org/?p=35466 killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (3–4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Dead bodies following an alleged regime barrel bombing in Abdita, Dec 7th 2019 (via SN4HR)

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
    5 – 6
  • (3–4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]