Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4011

Incident date

December 17, 2019

Location

بداما, Bdama, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Six civilians including three children and three women died in alleged Syrian regime or Russian air or artillery strikes on Bdama, local media said.

MMC reported: “The death of the wife of a volunteer in the Civil Defence, Anwar Hamidi, Zakia Abdul Karim Ahmad, and his three daughters, Hanin, Tasnim and Raneem, as a result of artillery shelling by the Assad regime forces on the town of Badama in the western countryside of Idlib”.

Syrian Civil Defence posted a video on Facebook where Zakia Hamidi can be seen carrying his dead children out of the house in his SCD uniform.

According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, two other women also died in the strike. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, they were a part of the Hamidi family as well.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Anwar Hamidi Adult female wife of Zakia Abdul Karim Ahmad (SCD volunteer) killed
  • Hanin Child female child of Zakia Abdul Karim Ahmad and Anwar Hamidi killed
  • Tasnim Child female child of Zakia Abdul Karim Ahmad and Anwar Hamidi killed
  • Raneem Child female child of Zakia Abdul Karim Ahmad and Anwar Hamidi killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children3 women)
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Hanin, Tasnim and Raneem, killed in an alleged regime strike on Bdama, December 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • Hanin, Tasnim and Raneem, and their father, killed in an alleged regime strike on Bdama , Dec 17th (via MMC)
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering the bodies of victims after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Bdama, December 17th, 2019 (via SN4HR).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering the bodies of victims after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Bdama, December 17th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering the bodies of victims after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Bdama, December 17th, 2019 (via SCD on Facebook).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children3 women)
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]