Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4057

Incident date

January 17, 2020

Location

كفرناها, Kafrnaha, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, two children were reported killed, and four other civilians injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes one of which hit an IDP shelter in Kafrnaha in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate in Syria, on January 17th, 2020. Edlib Media Center reported that Russian warplanes targeted the area with rockets.

Step News Agency said that “Russian warplanes targeted with vacuum missiles the town of Kafrnaha in the western countryside of Aleppo, killing two children and wounding four civilians, who were in a shelter for the displaced people in the outskirts of the town.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) said that “Fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian, fired missiles on an IDP shelter which was originally a beauty factory building located in the outskirts of Kafrnaha village in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate, on January 17th, 2020.”

From their side, IdlibPlus said that towns and villages of western Aleppo were targeted with about 16 airstrikes on that day.

Step News Agency, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Edlib Media Center and Macro Media Center blamed Russia for this incident, while Shaam Network said both Russia and the Syrian regime were responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • SCD volunteer in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Kafanaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via SN4HR)
  • Damage to IDP shelters caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Damage to IDP shelters caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • "Video showing Russian airstrikes targeting Kafrnaha in western Aleppo with vacuum missiles."

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
    2
  • (2 children)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]