Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4341

Incident date

July 15, 2021

Location

الفوعة, Al Fu'ah, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between five and six civilians, including one to four children, were killed and between seven and eight others, including two children, were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on the Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at the time of reporting “the number of civilians killed in regime massacre in Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town in north-eastern Idlib jumped to six. Moreover, the death toll is expected to rise further as the bombardment left seven over persons injured, some seriously.” Their earlier reporting identified that five civilians, including one child, were killed and those killed “were workers who were breaking stones”. Shaam News also reported that five civilians, including a child, were killed.

In their report that identified six deaths and eight injuries from the strikes, Enab Baladi specified that all of those involved in the incident were civilians.

@Jon94447934 provided the names of the three children that were killed in the strikes: Hamza Ahmed Walid Sabbagh, Mohamed Khaled Sabbagh, Hussein Khaled Sabbagh.

A post from Khaled Abo Haydar on Facebook added three more names of civilians killed, including a child: Mohamed Khaled Abdel Gawad nicknamed Abu Khaled, Abdo Omar Qahawati  nicknamed Abu Omar, and Child Abdel Rahman Adel Slat.

A tweet from @Najdat567 emphasized that five of the civilians killed were the providers of their families and were doing back-breaking work as stone breakers for just “20 Turks per day” and that those workers were targeted with three shells.

Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) reported a similar number of civilians killed, six, but added that three of them were children. A post by Syrian Civil Defense also identified eight others as being wounded, including two children, and listed the locations that were shelled as “civilians who cut stones, a swimming pool and a playground”.

SN4HR blamed Russian forces for the casualties, identifying “a shell equipped with a Krasnopol laser guidance system” as being used in the attack. However, SOHR named the regime as being responsible for the shelling. The other sources that reported on the incident, including Syrian Civil Defense and Shaam News, did not distinguish whether Russia or the regime was responsible, blaming both.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1–4 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Workers were carrying rocks when they were stuck by alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Remnants of the shell fired by alleged Russian or regime forces on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • White Helmets carry the bodies of the victims following alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • “Their only fault is that they seek to secure the livelihood of their families.” The first moments of the response of the Syrian Civil Defense teams to the massacre committed today by the regime forces and Russia by targeting civilians who were cutting stones in the village of Al Foah in Idlib countryside, which killed 6 civilians, including a child, and wounded 8 others, including two children. #whitehelmets
  • White Helmets load the bodies of those killed into an ambulance following alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets retrieve the body of one of the victims of the alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Rescue workers put out a vehicle fire caused by alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Rescue workers put out a vehicle fire caused by alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @MMCSYR)
  • Damage and blood from the victims caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @baladinetwork - Photo: Moaz Al-Abbas)
  • Rescue workers attempt to put out fires caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @baladinetwork - Photo: Moaz Al-Abbas)
  • Damage caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @baladinetwork - Photo: Moaz Al-Abbas)
  • Damage and blood from the victims caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Remnants of the shell fired by alleged Russian or regime forces on Masbah area nearby al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by @Najdat567)
  • An aerial image of the funeral for three children, Hamza Ahmed Walid Sabbagh, Mohamed Khaled Sabbagh, Hussein Khaled Sabbagh, killed in the strikes on al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by @Jon94447934)
  • Image of Mohamed Khaled Abdel Gawad nicknamed Abu Khaled who was killed in al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Image from Khaled Abo Haydar via Facebook)
  • Image of MAbdo Omar Qahawati nicknamed Abu Omar who was killed in al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Image from Khaled Abo Haydar via Facebook)
  • Image of Abdel Rahman Adel Slat who was killed in al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Image from Khaled Abo Haydar via Facebook)
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    Image of Abdel Rahman Adel Slat who was killed in al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Image from Binnish deaths via Facebook)
  • Image of MAbdo Omar Qahawati nicknamed Abu Omar who was killed in al-Fu’ah town on July 15, 2021. (Image from Binnish deaths via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by strikes on the town of Al Fu'ah on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Al Souria)

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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1–4 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]