Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4074

Incident date

January 21, 2020

Location

كفرتعال, Kafar Ta’al, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Nine civilians including a whole family of six children and their parents, in addition to another man were reported killed, and nine others reported injured when Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes targeted Kafr Ta’al village in Western Aleppo countryside on January 21st, 2020 according to local sources.

One of the victims identified is Mustafa Jdou’e, aged 22, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Local Coordination Committees of Syria named Omar Abdul Qadir Al-Sheikhwife of Omar Al Sheikh, five of Omar Al-Sheikh’s children are Manar, Aya, Radiya, and Abdul Qadir.

@shahbaPress reported the “martyrdom of nine people, including six children from one family, with their parents, and the injury of other civilians as a result of raids by Russian occupation warplanes on the town of Kafr Taal in the western countryside of Aleppo.”

Al Jazeera identified nine other civilians as being injured in the strikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the airstrikes targeted a farm in the vicinity of Kafr Ta’al village.

The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo showed their volunteers recovering the bodies of the victims, including body parts of some of them.

@ShahbaPress, Macro Media Center, Step Agency, SMART Agency, Syrian Network for Human Rights and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed Russia for the incident, while Shaam Network and Nors for Studies blamed both the regime and Russia for the incident. Zeiton Agency reported that two air strikes were carried out against Kafr Ta’al.

The Local Coordination Committee of Syria provide the time of the strikes as 11:16 local time.

The incident occured at 11:16 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Omar Abdul Qadir Al-Sheikh male killed
  • wife of Omar Al Sheikh female killed
  • Manar killed
  • Aya killed
  • Radiya killed
  • Abdul Qadir killed
  • Mustafa Jdou’e 22 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9
  • (5–6 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (47) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (37) [ collapse]

  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • A house destroyed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • A house destroyed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • A house destroyed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Funeral of civilians reported killed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Funeral of civilians reported killed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Funeral of civilians reported killed in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Damage to civilian properties in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a farm in Kafr Ta'a in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Body part of civilian killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo).
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Body part of civilians killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers recovering bodies of those killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Aftermath of Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Aftermath of Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers rescuing injured civilians in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers recovering bodies of those killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Kafr Ta'al in Aleppo on January 21st, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • Farm equipment damaged by strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • A vehicle damaged by strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • A collapsed building from strikes on Kafar Ta’al on January 21, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9
  • (5–6 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (47) [ collapse]