Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4266

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

ادلب المدينة, Idlib city, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three children were reported killed in the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib city, Syria on June 9th, 2020.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the the death of three children due to the explosion of an old bomb in Idlib city which is under the control of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that “three children were playing in their garden in Idlib city, on Tuesday morning, June 9th when a cluster bomb from the remnants of a previous bombing on the city exploded.”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the three victims as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Huthaifah Sa’ad al Din (Rand’s brother).

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that “three children from Idlib city, named as Salah Ghajar, Rand Sa’ad al Din and Rand’s brother Huthaifah, were killed when a cluster munition left behind from previous bombing by Syrian- Russian alliance forces exploded while they were near a farm in al Jedar area in the southwest of Idlib city on June 9th.”

Local sources mentioned that the remnants of weapons constitute a real threat and danger to civilians and especially children in opposition held areas that were targets for airstrikes and shelling by the Syrian forces and the Russian forces. The Syrian Civil Defense said that “The regime and Russia have carried out 546 cluster bomb attacks on northern Syria from April 26th, 2019 to March 5th, 2020, thousands of which did not explode and have become temporary bombs threatening the lives of civilians, especially children.”

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The three children killed on June 9th, 2020 by the explosion of a cluster bomb from previous bombing in Idlib City. (via SN4HR)

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]