Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4242

Incident date

February 25, 2020

Location

معرة مصرين, Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 11 civilians, including between three and six children, were killed and around 30 civilians were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’arat Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020, according to local sources.

Whereas Shabha Press initially put the death toll at four killed civilians, they later updated this with “nine martyrs, including four children, and 30 civilians were wounded in a new toll as a result of airstrikes on the city of Ma’arat Misrin in the northern Idlib countryside”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that ten people were killed, including six children. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported three children among those killed.

The Syrian Civil Defence in Idlib reported that 11 people were killed after airstrikes targeted a school housing displaced people, adding that search and rescue operations were ongoing. According to Shabha Press, a camp of displaced people was targeted. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “a center sheltering Internally Displaced People located inside a complex of two schools (Munib Kmaisheh School and Zuhair Radwan School)” was targeted.

Justice Organization reported the death of the girl Amal Al Aboud, whose family was displaced from the village of Afs, eastern Idlib countryside.

Shabha Press stated that there were several airstrikes. Macro Media Centre reported the use of vacuum missiles, while EMC reported the use of rockets.

Most sources blamed the Syrian regime for the attack, but Shaam News Network and Justice Organization pointed to both the Syrian regime and Russia as the belligerents for the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 11
  • (3–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Civilians on the site of the strikes after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Civilians on the site of the strikes after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Amal Al Aboud from the village of Afs was killed in alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via Justice Organization).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Damaged vehicle after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • The site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Child in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Man walking through the rubble in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Presumably blood on the streets after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Damaged vehicle after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Civilians walking on the streets in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Site of the strike after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • A man and child in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Children in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Civilians walking on the streets after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via MMC).
  • Site of the strike after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on February 25th, 2020 (via SNHR).

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
    9 – 11
  • (3–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]