Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4295

Incident date

February 2, 2021

Location

قورقانيا, Qurqania, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two people were seriously injured in an alleged Russian airstrike on a mountainous area in Qurqania, north of Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. @SuheylAli said that vacuum missiles were used in the attack.

This wasn’t the only attack that took place on the day, as local sources reported similar attacks on Harbanoush, Kafr Arrouq and the town of Sheikh Bahr which are all subject to the ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia.

Local sources said the Russian airstrikes were in conjunction with artillery shelling by the regime forces on the area. However, all sources blamed Russia specifically for the Qurqania airstrike. Sy-24 said that Russian reconnaissance aircraft flew over Idlib following the airstrikes carried out by the warplanes.

Civilian harm resulting from this airstrike is contested, and the identity of the two injured is unclear. The Syrian Civil Defense said “two people were seriously injured as a result of the Russian warplanes bombing of a mountainous area near the town of Qurqania, north of Idlib.” But Al Yaum TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “several fighters of opposition factions sustained various injuries due to today’s airstrikes by Russian jets on rebel positions in Idlib countryside.” However, Halab Today TV and Ugarit post said there were no reports of civilian casualties in the airstrikes.

No further information is available at the moment.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence can be seen in the location of an earlier alleged Russian airstrike on Qurqania in Idlib on Feb 2nd, 2021. (via SCD).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes with vacuum missiles on Qurqania in Idlib on Feb 2nd. (via @SuheylAli).
  • Alleged Russian airstrike on Qurqania in Idlib in Feb 2nd. (via @HalabTodayTV)
  • Caption translation: "The moment the Russian occupation air forces targeted the town of Korkania today."
  • Caption translation: "The Russian occupation forces launched airstrikes with missiles on the outskirts of the town of Korqania, north of Idlib."
  • Caption translation: "The moment Russian warplanes targeted the Kerkania area in the northern Idlib countryside."
  • Caption translation: "Russian warplanes bomb the vicinity of the village of Korknia in the Idlib Governorate."
  • Caption translation; "The moment the Russian occupation bombed the town of Korknia, north of Idlib."
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)
  • Russian warplanes activities over Idlib on February 2nd, 2021. (via Qurqania news)

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (19) [ collapse]