Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4323

Incident date

June 21, 2021

Location

البارة, Al Bara, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, both women, were killed and two to three others, including a woman, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Al Bara on June 21, 2021.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “two women, named as Wahidah Hamdou Abu Shakhah and Fatimah al Yasin, were killed and others injured when Syrian regime artillery forces fired shells at houses located near the high-water tank in northeast of al Bara village.” Syrian TV correspondent provided information that the bombing “led to the killing of 3 civilians – including two women”.

@RaedAlSaleh3 tweeted about their aunt “Fatima” who was killed in the bombing of Al Bara. Ahmad Abo Shakha posted on Facebook about their aunt Waheeda Abu Shakha who was killed in the same incident.

@IbnAlarabi15 alleged that a belligerent was also killed, tweeting about “the martyrdom of the military commander in the 1st Infantry Division, Muhammad al-Qadi, from the village of Kafr Sijna in Idlib countryside, as a result of the bombing of al-Bara by Assad forces”.

A tweet from @HalabTodayTV identified ” two civilians were injured in shelling by the regime forces on the town of Al-Bara”. @Step_Agency upped the numbers, reporting that “3 civilians were wounded” and Syrian Civil Defense gave the additional information that “4 others (two men and two women)” were injured. Baladi News added that those injured had “serious injury”.

Nassan Al-Jaber, an elderly man in his seventies, was injured along with his wife according to @EdlibNN.

@Tiger_forces_, a pro-regime source, tweeted that “the Syrian Arab Army is intensively targeting the locations of terrorist factions in the town of Al-Bara” but gave no other details.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the bombing. Enab Baladi attributed the strikes to the regime but pointed out that shelling included artillery shells and “Krasnopol” missiles, a Russian-made weapon. However, NPA Syria reported that “artillery shelling with “guided laser” missiles (was) carried out by the Russian forces stationed in the town of Basqala”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (46) [ collapse]

Media
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  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Caption translation: I bid farewell to my aunt “Fatima”, who is one of the martyrs who were killed as a result of the bombing of Assad and Russia on the town of Al-Bara, south of Idlib. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Image shows smoke surrounding the town of Al Bara following strikes on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @NagiNajjar)
  • Image of two of the civilians that were killed in strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Right)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @shaamnews)
  • A woman praying in one of the buildings damaged by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @shaamnews)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @shaamnews)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @shaamnews)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara and civilians sorting through the rubble on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara and civilians sorting through the rubble on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara and civilians sorting through the rubble on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara and civilians sorting through the rubble on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
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    "Nassan Al-Jaber from the town of Al-Bara, an elderly man in his seventies, was injured and his wife was injured by artillery shells, the Russian occupation, on his house today" (Image posted by @EdlibNN)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
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    "Nassan Al-Jaber from the town of Al-Bara, an elderly man in his seventies, was injured and his wife was injured by artillery shells, the Russian occupation, on his house today" (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Image shows smoke surrounding the town of Al Bara following strikes on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Damage to the building caused by strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Image shows smoke surrounding the town of Al Bara following strikes on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Image shows smoke surrounding the town of Al Bara following strikes on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • According to @IbnAlarabi15, this man is the military commander in the 1st Infantry Division, Muhammad al-Qadi, from the village of Kafr Sijna in Idlib countryside, who was killed in strikes on the town of Al Bara on June 21, 2021.
  • Image of the body of one of the civilians killed in airstrikes on Al Bara on June 21, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)

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
    2 – 3
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (46) [ collapse]