Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4136

Incident date

January 29, 2020

Location

كفرلاتة, Kafarlata, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 19 civilians, including at least four children and two women, were killed and more than 20 civilians reported injured after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafar Lata on January 29th, 2020, according to local sources.

The initial death toll was put at five killed civilians by the Syrian Civil Defence, who later updated this to ten killed civilians. SMART News reported that “Russian warplanes launched a four-missile attack on civilian homes, a mosque and a road for the displaced in the village, killing ten civilians, including a child, and wounding 17 others, including two children and three women.”

Step News reported 20 wounded, including people who were in critical condition and people requiring amputations.

Almost all sources blamed the Russian forces for the airstrikes, but Idlib Plus reported that the Syrian regime was responsible.

On January 31, the Syrian Network for Human Rights updated their initial death toll of 12 casualties to 19 casualties, stating that among them, four children and two women had died.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 19
  • (4 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–20
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Civilians recovering what seems to be a body after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Kafarlata on January 29th, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafarlata on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo).
  • Destroyed verhicle after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafarlata on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD Aleppo).

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
    10 – 19
  • (4 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–20
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]