Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4261

Incident date

March 5, 2020

Location

معرة مصرين, Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 16 civilians, including between two and five children, were killed and up to 32 civilians were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma’aret Misrin, Idlib governorate, on March 5th, 2020, according to local sources.

Edlib Media Center reported that there were “civilian martyrs and wounded as a result of Russian occupation warplanes targeting a building inhabited by displaced people near the city of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib, at dawn today [March 5th, 2020].”

@abuhuzaifa_ reported that 15 civilians had been killed and that more than 20 people were wounded. @Step_Agency initially reported three killed, but later put the death toll at 16 killed civilians, including five children.

Witnesses told Smart News Agency that the Russian warplanes targeted a farm inhabited by displaced people from the Ma’arat Al Numan area, killing nine civilians and wounding 20. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported the farm was a poultry farm.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded the deaths of 15 civilians, including one girl and six women. In addition, 18 civilians were recorded wounded, some of whom in critical condition. According to SOHR, the victims are displaced people from Hama, Aleppo and other areas of Idlib.

Ahmed Sheikho, director of the Syrian Civil Defence Media office in Idlib told Smart News Agency that “Russian warplanes launched two raids on a farm inhabited by displaced families in the vicinity of the city of Ma’arat Misrin, killing 16 civilians, including seven women and two children, and wounding 21 others, including two children and four women”. Edlib Media Center reported that 32 people were wounded.

Whereas nearly all sources reported Russia as the belligerent, Shaam News Network blamed “Russian and Assad’s airforces”.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Belongings of civilians after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • Child walking in rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SOHR).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer carrying a killed or injured child after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteer holding a child victim in an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via EMC).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Mission on March 5th, 2020 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim into an ambulance after alleged Russian airstrikes on a farm housing displaced people near Ma'arat Misrin on March 5th, 2020 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Child standing in front of the destoyed farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Damaged poultry farm near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).
  • Destruction near Ma'arat Misrin after alleged Russian airstrikes on March 5th, 2020 (via SNN).

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 – 16
  • (2–5 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–32
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]