Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4163

Incident date

February 4, 2020

Location

اريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two young men, among which a journalist, were killed after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Ariha, Idlib governorate, on February 3rd, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShahbaPress tweeted that “media activist Amjad Aktatali was killed by a Russian airstrike on the city of Ariha this morning while covering the aerial bombardment of the city”. Shaam News Network reported that Aktalali was also known as Amjad Abu Al Joud. According to SMART News, Aktali worked for the organisation “Guards” and previously volunteered as a journalist for the Syrian Civil Defence. Ariha Today identified the other victim as Fadi Rahhal.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote that it took over 24 hours before Syrian Civil Defence volunteers managed to find their bodies underneath the rubble. According to SN4HR, the Dawwar Al Dalleh area was hit in the airstrikes.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported on February 5th that “after 24 hours of continuous work, civil defence teams were able to retrieve the bodies of two young men from the rubble in the city of Ariha, south of Idlib, after a Russian airstrike on residential neighbourhoods in the city on Tuesday, which led to the complete destruction of several residential buildings”. According to SMART News, a four-store building was destroyed. Ariha mentioned the use of vacuum missiles.

The incident occured around dawn.

  • Amjad Aktatali Adult male also known as Amjad Abu Al Joud, photographer and media activist killed
  • Fadi Rahhal Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Photographer and media activist Amjad Aktatali was killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Ariha, Idlib governorate, on February 3rd, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers standing in rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Ariha, February 3rd, 2020 (via Ariha Today).
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    Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering victims from underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on February 3rd, 2020 (via SCD).
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    Syrian Civil Defence volunteer recovering a victim from underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on February 3rd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a body after recovering the victim from underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on February 3rd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering victims from underneath the rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on February 3rd, 2020 (via SCD).

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
    2
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]