Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4256

Incident date

March 2, 2020

Location

الفوعة, Al Fou’a, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between six and eleven civilians were reportedly killed and at least ten civilians were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the market of the town of Al Fou’a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020, according to local sources.

@ShabhaPress reported nine martyrs and more than ten wounded civilians after Russian airstrikes. @so_ria98 tweeted: “The death toll of the massacre of Al Fo’a town has risen to 11 civilians, as a result of missile strikes by Russian warplanes targeting the city’s market.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified two of the victims as Muhammad Fadi al Hafyan and Abdou Abu Fayyad. According to SNHR, “fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on their place near a military site of a faction of the armed opposition in al Fou’a city in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on March 2.”

All other sources put the death toll at nine, with the exception of Shaam News Agency, who reported six killed civilians. All sources reported Russia as the belligerent. EMC reported that the Russian forces used rockets.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • 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
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping a presumbably injured man after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching the rubble after after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Fou'a, Idlib governorate, on March 2nd, 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
    6 – 11
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • 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]