Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4124a

Incident date

January 27, 2020

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians were reportedly killed by a Russian airstrike on Sarja.

Step News said: “The reporter of the Step News Agency in Idlib, Hassan Al-Muhammad, said that Russian planes targeted the Sarja town of Jabal Al-Zawiya in the middle of last night with vacuum missiles, which resulted in the death of 5 civilians, including a civil defense volunteer, and the wounding of others, while civil defense teams are still searching for people trapped under the rubble of their homes.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said: “The brothers Abdul Baset and Muhammad Hasan Haj Musa were killed along with their father on January 27, as fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Sarja village in Jabal al Zaweya area in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate. The victims’ bodies were pulled out from under the rubbles on January 28.”

The incident might be related to R4124, which took place near Sarja.

The incident occured around midnight.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Abdul Baset Adult male killed
  • Muhammad Hasan Haj Musa Age unknown male killed
  • Father of Muhammad Hasan Haj Musa and Abdul Baset Adult male killed

Summary

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

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Media
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    Bodies after an alleged Russian airstrike on Sarja on Janaury 27th, 2020 (via SN4HR)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

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

Sources (2) [ collapse]