Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4329

Incident date

June 24, 2021

Location

أريحا, Arihah, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians, including an elderly man, were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes and/or artillery on the city of Arihah on June 24, 2021.

Baladi News reported that “the regime forces bombed with heavy artillery the city of Ariha, which led to the injury of an elderly man who was treated by civil defense teams”. @fawaz_jwaid posted an image of an older man receiving medical treatment at a facility.

Syria TV also provided information on the incident, that “two civilians were injured” from the “regime forces targeting residential places”.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the airstrikes. Multiple sources attributed the airstrikes and artillery shelling to the regime and @Step_Agency identified  Russian reconnaissance planes as flying in conjunction. However, @mzmgr941 blamed  Russia for the missile bombing and the civilian casualties that resulted and @OGNreports reported that “Syrian regime and Russian occupation forces targeted the densely populated city of #Ariha”.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • According to @jisrtv, "Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha."
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (Image posted by @abo_aljod84)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. (Image posted by @mzmgr941)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and the surrounding area on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and the surrounding area on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Image of an older man receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in strikes on Arihah on June 24, 2021. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and White Helmets approaching the buildings to help those injured on June 24th, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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

Sources (20) [ collapse]