Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4340

Incident date

July 12, 2021

Location

حميمات, Hmeimat, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a 10 year old girl, was killed and one or two of her siblings were injured in alleged Russian and/ or regime artillery or rocket strikes on the village of Hmeimat on July 12, 2021.

@IdlibPlus reported on “the death of a girl and the injury of two other children as a result of heavy artillery shelling by the regime forces based in or near Jorin camp on Hmeimat village”. A video published by the same outlet (see below) showed at least five apparent targets struck in the village.

The deceased victim was named by @spc_fr as Jamila Yasser Al-Jassem, who it said was killed during an attack on the Jorin camp within the village. OGN Arabic published a video of Jamila which it said had been taken just 24 hours before her death. @anasanas84 said that Jamila was ten years old, while local source Hadi Khraat said the two unnamed injured victims were also from the same family.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported one child killed and one injured in the attack, noting: “A girl, named as Jamileh Yaser al Jasem, was killed and her brother was injured when Syrian regime artillery forces fired shells on Hmaimat village in Sahl al Ghab in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on July 12, 2021. SNHR notes that this shelling is a breach of the ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020.”

The local White Helmets instead reported “that the bombing led to the killing of a girl and the injury of two girls from the same family,” according to Syria TV. Instead, Fresh Syria News said both siblings were brothers of Jamila.

The Anadolu Agency blamed the attack on regime forces, noting that two injured children were treated at a local hospital. According to Enab Baladi News, the attacks began at dawn: “At five in the morning, the Al-Ghab Plain witnessed artillery shelling that focused on the villages of Hemeimat, Qastoun, Qalidin, and Zaqqum, north of the Al-Ghab Plain, according to what Ammar Abu Al-Hassan, a worker at the Unified Observatory in northern Syria, told Enab Baladi. As a result, civilian homes were destroyed, especially in the village of Hmeimat, which received the largest share of the bombing. The source of the artillery bombardment was members of the regime forces located in the Jorin camp and the village of Al-Darabila, northwest of Hama governorate.”

The incident occured at approximately 5:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Jamila Yasser Al-Jassem 10 years old female killed
  • Brother of Jamila Child male Possibly female according to one source injured
  • Unnamed relative Child female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • A girl was killed and two girls, all from the same family, were killed, by missile strikes by the regime and Russia forces that targeted their house in the village of Hmeimat in the Al-Ghab Plain, this morning, Monday, July 12, and the town of Qastoun was subjected to artillery shelling on its residential neighborhoods, without causing any casualties.
  • 'Jamila was killed as a result of the bombing of the Russian occupation forces and the militias of #Bashar_Assad, while she was sleeping in her home this morning in the village of Hmeimat. This video of her was filmed less than 24 hours before her murder.'
  • 'The effects of destruction as a result of the Russian artillery shelling on the village of Hmeimat, southwest of Idlib'
  • Image of Jamila (circled) via @anasanas84

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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (23) [ collapse]