Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4310

Incident date

June 8, 2021

Location

ابلين, Ebleen, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and two other children were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on the town of Ebleen on June 8, 2021.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) reported that “the shelling resulting in the death of one child and the injury of two others in addition to a severe damage to the house” and the town that was hit was “included within the areas of the ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020.”

The Syria TV correspondent said that “the regime bombed a house for the Al-Shughari family in the village of Ibilin in Jabal Al-Zawiya, which led to the death of a child and the injury of his two brothers to varying degrees, while the children’s parents were not subjected to any injuries.”

SN4HR also named the child killed as Amr Belal Sheghri and identified both of the other civilians injured as being children as well.

A tweet from @Talhamwi3 named the other siblings that were injured: Abdel-Ghani Bilal Al-Shugry, an injured child and Saif Bilal Al-Shugry, an injured child. A video posted alongside the names also shows the injured children being rescued by White Helmets.

Syrian Civil Defense added that the children killed and wounded were from the same family but blamed the regime for being responsible for the strikes.

According to Step News, both artillery and missiles were used in the attack and the regime was the force responsible for the “death of a girl and the wounding of others from one family in the village of Ablin in Jabal al-Zawiya.”

Sources were contested as to whether Russia or the regime was responsible for the strikes. Nedaa News blamed the regime but identified that “the regime forces used modern and highly destructive Russian missiles, during their bombardment of the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya, in conjunction with a heavy movement of Russian reconnaissance aircraft.” Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed Russia while the majority of other sources blamed the regime.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • This video shows the first moments after Russian artillery forces fired a shell at a house in the southwest of Ebleen village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate on June 8 amid a state of terror and fear among families there, with the shelling resulting in the death of one child and the injury of two others in addition to a severe damage to the house. SNHR notes that Syrian- Russian alliance forces have recently escalated their targeting of villages and town in several areas of Jabal al Zaweya in Idlib governorate and Sahl al Ghab in west Hama governorate despite the fact that these areas were included within the areas of the ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020, resulting in severe casualties among civilians and in further displacement of civilians amid the spread of COVID-19.
  • Caption translation: A child was killed and two others were wounded as a result of the regime forces targeting the village of Iblin in Jabal Al-Zawiya area in Idlib countryside with heavy artillery. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Caption translation: #Syria: pro-Assad forces intensified recently (in conjunction with harvesting period) their shelling of S. #Idlib (Jebal Zawiyah) & NW. #Hama CS with heavy artillery. Today several civilians were wounded & one child killed. (Images posted by @QalaatAlMudiq)
  • Caption translation: #Syria: pro-Assad forces intensified recently (in conjunction with harvesting period) their shelling of S. #Idlib (Jebal Zawiyah) & NW. #Hama CS with heavy artillery. Today several civilians were wounded & one child killed. (Images posted by @QalaatAlMudiq)
  • Caption translation: #Syria: pro-Assad forces intensified recently (in conjunction with harvesting period) their shelling of S. #Idlib (Jebal Zawiyah) & NW. #Hama CS with heavy artillery. Today several civilians were wounded & one child killed. (Images posted by @QalaatAlMudiq)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Caption translation: Victims of Assad's crime by the bombing of his militia today on the village of Iblin in Jabal Al-Zawi. (Image posted by @mlpmlp998877)
  • Caption translation: God suffices me and is the best agent, the martyr Amro, may God give me patience for your separation, my dear (Image posted by Bilal Al Shugri, relative of the deceased, via Facebook)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]