Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4293

Incident date

November 17, 2020

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian died and another civilian was injured when the roof of their home in the village of Sarja, Idlib governorate, collapsed on November 17th, 2020. According to local sources, the building was damaged in earlier alleged Russian or Syrian regime strikes.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote that “a 30-year-old Syrian citizen, named as Munif Ahmad Naddaf, died when the roof of his home in Sarja village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate collapsed on November 17, 2020.” According to the source, “local activists explained to SNHR that the roof had been severely damaged by intensive bombardment of the village by Syrian-Russian Alliance forces in previous military campaigns.”

The Syrian Civil Defence reported “the death of a civilian, and the injury of another, after the roof of a house fell on them as a result of previous bombing by the regime, in the village of Sarja, south of Idlib, yesterday evening, Tuesday, November 17, which is the second death of its kind yesterday.” A similar incident occured in the village of Qastoun, Hama governorate.

The SCD furthermore asked civilians to not go near collapsed buildings, but instead inform the civil defence teams about them.

The date of the strikes leading to the man’s death is unknown.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence teams carrying a victim after a civilian home in Sarja village collapsed on November 17th, 2020, following alleged Russian or Syrian regime strikes on an unknown date (via SNHR).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]