Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3998

Incident date

December 7, 2019

Location

بلشون, Balchoun, Mount Zawia, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two men were injured in an alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on the town of Balchoun, Idlib governorate, on December 7th, 2019, according to local sources.

Edlib News Network said: “A man was wounded when Russian occupation warplanes bombed the outskirts of the town of Balshon in Idlib countryside.”

Idlib Plus and Mohamad Rasheed both published an identical report stating that two men had been injured in Balchoun by “Russian airstrikes and barrel bombs”.

@muhammad_salhab and Edlib Media Center both reported that Russian aircraft had carried out the strike.

Zaitun Media Agency said the strike had come as part of a wave of attacks by Russian warplanes and Syrian helicopters against towns including Kafr Sijnah, Hazarin, Trisha, Al Halba, Kafr Nabl, Hass, Hassem, Karsa, Kafruma, Balshon, Bazabour, and Urm Al Jouz in the southern and eastern Idlib countryside.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]