Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4253

Incident date

March 1, 2020

Location

باتنتة, Batneta, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians, including a child, were killed and five others, including two women, were reportedly wounded in alleged in Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on agricultural lands near the village of Batneta on March 1st, 2020, according to local sources.

Ahmed Sheiko, director of the media office of the Syrian Civil Defence in Idlib, told Smart News Agency that “four civilians, including a child, were killed and five others were wounded, including two women, as a result of a raid by Russian warplanes targeting agricultural lands in the vicinity of Batneta village, north of Idlib”.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported the same numbers on Facebook, but added that the incident occurred in the morning. Edlib Media Center reported two killed civilians. EMC mentioned the use of rockets in the attack.

Nearly all sources reported Russia as the belligerent of the airstrikes, but the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported the Syrian regime had been responsible.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

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

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on agricultural lands near the village of Batneta, Idlib governorate, on March 1st, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on agricultural lands near the village of Batneta, Idlib governorate, on March 1st, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on agricultural lands near the village of Batneta Idlib governorate, on March 1st, 2020 (via EMC).

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
    2 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]