Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4029

Incident date

December 21, 2019

Location

سراقب , Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven or eight civilians, including four children and between one and three women, were reportedly killed and more than twenty civilians, including women and children, were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on a popular market in the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019, according to local sources.

Syrian Civil Defence spokesperson Hassan Abu Al Fadi told SMART News Agency that “the regime’s warplanes launched a raid with three missiles, one of which was on the main market of the city, killing eight civilians, including four children and a woman, and wounding 25 others, including children, women and a member of the Civil Defense”. Step News Agency stated that Russian forces were responsible fo the incident.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that three out of the eight killed civilians were women.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote that Mrs. Abir Al Daher, a biotechnology engineer, was killed while at work in a laboratory in the city.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (4 children1–3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–25
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Destruction after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Mrs. Abir al Daher, a biotechnology engineer, was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via SNHR).
  • Photo of a wounded man in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via EMC on Facebook).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via EMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via EMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Saraqib on December 21st, 2019 (via S.N.N. 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (4 children1–3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–25
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]