Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4309

Incident date

June 7, 2021

Location

بليون, Balioun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.693358, 36.502486 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

At least one man was killed and another civilian was wounded in an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Balioun villiage on June 7, 2021. Sources are contested as to whether the man killed was a civilian, with one source referring to him as a fighter.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “a man from Kansafra village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, named as Khaled Yousef al Khalil, was killed on June 7, 2021, when Russian forces used a missile launcher to fire a missile equipped with a Krasnopol laser guidance system at Balyoun village in the southern suburbs of the governorate.”

The Syrian Civil Defense reported “one person was killed, and another was wounded, this morning, Monday, June 7, by missile strikes by the regime forces targeting a fuel station in the middle of the town of Balion in the southern countryside of Idlib. @SyrianCoalition quoted the Civil Defense as referring to the man killed and the other person wounded as civilians and Shaam News also referred to the man killed as a civilian.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights referred to the man killed as “a fighter of the factions” and a “fighter of the regime-backed factions” but pointed out that he was killed in his home, not on the frontlines.

Sources were contested in attributing the strikes, with Syrian Civil Defense and @IdlibPlus blaming the regime while Syrian Network for Human Rights identified Russia as being responsible.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • 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
    Assad regime
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: A man from Kansafra village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, named as Khaled Yousef al Khalil, was killed on June 7, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Caption translation: Russian forces used a missile launcher to fire a missile equipped with a Krasnopol laser guidance system at Balyoun village in the southern suburbs of the governorate. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Caption translation: Civil Defense (White Helmets): A civilian was killed and another wounded, today, by missile strikes by the regime forces on the town of Balion in the southern countryside of Idlib. (Image posted by @SyrianCoalition)
  • Caption translation: Artillery and missile shelling by Assad's gangs since morning until now targeting the village of Balion and its outskirts, in addition to targeting the village of Maarata. Jabal Al-Zawiya, southern countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @anasanas84)
  • Caption translation: Artillery and missile shelling by Assad's gangs since morning until now targeting the village of Balion and its outskirts, in addition to targeting the village of Maarata. Jabal Al-Zawiya, southern countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @anasanas84)
  • Caption translation: Pictures of artillery shelling by Assad forces targeting the village of Balion in the southern countryside of Idlib this morning (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • Caption translation: One person was killed, and another was injured, by the regime’s missile bombing on the town of Balion in the southern countryside of #Idlib..the regime’s shabiha deliberately bombard the villages of the southern countryside of Idlib to prevent civilians from safely returning to their homes and forcing them to flee (Image posted by @syria55s)
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    Caption translation: One person was killed and another was injured this morning, Monday morning, in a missile attack by the regime forces that targeted a fuel station in the center of the town of Balion in the southern Idlib countryside (Image posted by @WM_FREESYR)
  • Caption translation: Civilians take photos of some of the remnants of bombs and rockets used by regime militias today to shell civilian areas in rural Idlib. (Images posted by @OGNreports)
  • Caption translation: Civilians take photos of some of the remnants of bombs and rockets used by regime militias today to shell civilian areas in rural Idlib. (Images posted by @OGNreports)
  • Caption translation: Civilians take photos of some of the remnants of bombs and rockets used by regime militias today to shell civilian areas in rural Idlib. (Images posted by @OGNreports)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Balioun (بليون). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location of the strike to these coordinates: 35.693358, 36.502486.

  • Reports of the incident mention the village of Balioun (بليون). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the site of the strike to an exact location.

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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
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • 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
    Assad regime
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (21) [ collapse]