Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4336

Incident date

July 3, 2021

Location

الشيخ يوسف, Al Sheikh Yousuf, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least five civilians, members of the Syrian Civil Defense, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Sheikh Youssef on July 3, 2021.

Anadolu Agency reported that “the media official in the Civil Defense, Firas Khalifa, confirmed that Russian warplanes carried out 4 raids on their center in the village of Sheikh Youssef. He explained to Anadolu Agency that the raids resulted in the injury of 5 civil defense personnel, and the center was taken out of service.”

@HalabTodayTV described the injuries of the volunteers as “lightly bruised” while Syrian Observatory for Human Rights provided that at the time, no casualties were reported.

@mohmad_rasheed reported that the “rescue and firefighting vehicles”at the center sustained damage. Additionally, @MasarPressNet tweeted that the strikes caused the “North Roj water station to be out of service” and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identified that the station “contained ten pumps which nearly 3,500 hectares of farmlands depended on for irrigation”.

Geolocation for this incident was competed by @obretix.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Russia. Al Jazeera reported that “Russian warplanes took off this morning from the Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Governorate (west)”.

Jisr TV reported that “vacuum missiles” were used by Russian bombers and the Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) identified that the strikes were carried out with “high-precision laser-guided artillery shells of the type (Krasnopol)”.

SCD added that “their adjacent building is in an isolated and clear place, and its targeting could not have been accidental or random.” Syrian Network for Human Rights also confirmed that “the SCD center is far from any residential area and free of any military equipment or presence and that it uses a building of al Rouj Water station as its headquarter.”

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (34) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @HalabTodayTV)
  • White Helmets inspecting the damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Damage to the vehicles at Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • White Helmets inspecting the damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • A cloud of smoke rose over Sheikh Yusuf following alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @3Mr0w_02)
  • A cloud of smoke rose over Sheikh Yusuf following alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @Ibrahim02622591)
  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Syrian Civil Defense center in Sheikh Yusef caused by alleged Russian strikes on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • "Guys... go out... go out." Watch the first moments of Russian warplanes targeting the Syrian Civil Defense Center in Sahel al-Rouj in the western Idlib countryside.
  • The targeting of Syrian Civil Defense centers, as happened today in the Sheikh Yusuf area, west of Idlib, is a targeting of life and the presence of civilians in the area, and a systematic policy followed by the Assad regime and Russia to displace people from their homes. We assure our civilian people that we will remain by their side no matter how much the crime against us all increases, and we will continue to demand that criminals be held accountable for their crimes against all the Syrian people.
  • Image provided by Syrian Network for Human Rights.
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • "The effects of the destruction in the Civil Defense Center in Sahl al-Rouj as a result of its targeting by several Russian air raids, which led to it being completely out of service." (Images posted by Macro Media Center)
  • The Civil Defense team in the village of "Sheikh Yusef", west of Idlib, survived an aerial bombardment of the Russian warplanes that directly targeted the center, which led to the center being completely out of service.

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
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

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