Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4100

Incident date

January 23, 2020

Location

قرب سراقب, near Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three children were killed alongside their parents in alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib, Idlib governorate, on January 23rd, 2020, according to local sources. Up to fifteen people, including children and women, were injured.

According to Step News Agency correspondent Hassan Al Muhammed, “the Russian aviation inflicted a massacre on the displaced people on a farm they were taking refuge in, near the city of Saraqib, east of Idlib. This resulted in the death of 5 people and the injury of 10 others from the same family, including children and women.”

@so_ria98 tweeted that the following civilians were killed: Fatima Izz Al Din (50), Musab Khatoon (26) and Murhaf Musab Khatoon (1). @SyrianCoalition added that Murhaf’s brother Basil was also killed in the airstrikes.

Muhammed Al Ali, an activist, told Jeron that the Russian aircraft conducted several airstrikes, killing five civilians and wounded another five, including two children. He noted that the family fled their village of Al Hamra in the eastern countryside of Hama two years earlier after the regime took control over the village.

SMART reported that there were three children and one woman among the wounded. A correspondent for Baladi News reported that “Russian warplanes targeted a farm located about five km away from the city of Saraqib, sheltering IDPs from the countryside of Idlib, with rockets, killing five of them and wounding 15 others with varying injuries.”

Although most sources reported that the airstrike targeted a farm or a “house on farmland”, Edlib Media Center gave conflicting reports. EMC first stated the attack hit a petrol station in which the displaced family had sought refuge, but wrote in a later report that the family had been residing in tents.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Man standing at the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged house after alleged Russian airstrikes near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people on January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes near Saraqib January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes near Saraqib January 23rd, 2020 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • The site after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Inside a damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • The site after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
  • The site after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via Edlib Media Center).
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    The children Basil and Murhaf Musab Khatoon were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Saraqib on January 23rd, 2020 (via @SyrianCoalition).

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
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]