Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4247A

Incident date

February 26, 2020

Location

قرية بيلون في جبل الزاويه, Billion village in Jabal Al Zawiya, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A family of four, consisting of a man, woman and two children, was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes in the village of Billion in Jabal Al Zawiya, Idlib governorate, on February 26th, 2020, according to local sources. The bodies were reported found by the Syrian Civil Defence on February 28th, 2020.

Shaam reported that that Syrian Civil Defence volunteers found the bodies of four family members, identifying a father, mother and two children. Shaam wrote that the family was directly targeted during their attempt to flee near the outskirts of the village of Billion. The family was reportedly targeted with rockets while trying to displace a motorcycle near them.

A Syrian Civil Defence officer told SMART News Agency on February 28th that their volunteers had recovered the bodies two days after the incident, meaning that the incident must have occured on February 26th. SMART and Step News Agency blamed Russia for the airstrikes, whereas Shaam mentioned both Russia and the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]