Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4249

Incident date

February 27, 2020

Location

شلخ, Shalakh, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Four or five civilians, including women and children, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Shalakh, northern Idlib countryside, in the evening of February 27th, 2020, according to local sources.

Shaam News Network reported that the airstrikes occurred in the evening. Activists told Shaam that “Russian warplanes targeted civilian homes in the village of Shalakh in the northern countryside of Idlib, leaving a massacre of five civilians: four women and a girl”, which were pulled from underneath the rubble by Syrian Civil Defence volunteers.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also reported that four women and one child were killed in Russian airstrikes, adding that most of the victims were part of the same family.

An employee from the media office of the Directorate of Civil Defence in Idlib reported the deaths of four civilians, including two children and a woman, and the injury of a man, possibly a Syrian Civil Defence volunteer.

Whereas most sources pointed to Russia as the belligerent, Step News Agency stated the Syrian regime had been responsible for the airstrike.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (7) [ 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]