Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4342

Incident date

July 15, 2021

Location

ابلين, Iblin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and three civilians, including a woman and up to two children, were killed and two to five other civilians, including up to four children and a woman, were injured in alleged Russian or regime shelling of the village of Iblin on July 15, 2021.

Shaam News reported that shelling “of a residential house in the village of Iblin in Jabal al-Zawiya led to the fall of a child martyr and the injury of two of his brothers”.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights increased the number of casualties to “three civilians, including a woman and a child” while Syrian Network for Human Rights also identified three civilians as being killed, broken down to two children and a woman. @IdlibPlus added that the three civilians killed were “a woman and her two children”.

A tweet from @zelal_abo_adnan identified the child Hassan Ahmed Juma Al-Khalaf, 12 years, as being killed in the strikes.

@OrientNews added two more names of civilians killed: Khadija Ahmed Khalaf (F) and Dana Alaa Krum (F)

Syrian Civil Defense identified “the injury of 4 other children” and added that “most of the dead and wounded are from one family.” Zaman Al Wasl reported that a “woman and 4 children were injured”.

Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame for the strikes. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights attributed the strikes to the Syrian regime. However, Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed Russian shells “equipped with a Krasnopol laser guidance system”. While Shaam News did not attribute the strike to a responsible party, they identified “the flight of a Russian reconnaissance plane in the air”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Media
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  • White Helmets search for victims of the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Remnants of the shell fired by alleged Russian or regime forces on Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Images posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteer Osama overcome with sadness after finding "a mother and her child trapped under the rubble of their house filled with memories". (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    They are racing against time to find a vibrant heart from under the rubble. The first moments of the response of the Syrian Civil Defense teams to rescue and rescue the victims of the artillery shelling of the regime forces and Russia on the village of #Iblin, south of Idlib, which led to the killing of three civilians (a woman, her child, and a child) and the injury of 4 other children.
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and others carry a victim of the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    #Sham: Scenes of pulling out the bodies of children and women from under the rubble as a result of targeting their house in the village of Iblin, south of Idlib, by the criminal Assad forces and Russia.
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble to find casualties from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
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    The child Hassan Ahmed Juma Al-Khalaf, 12 years, killed in the bombing of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @ahmadal_shame)
  • White Helmets and others load the car with a body of a casualty from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    The child Hassan Ahmed Juma Al-Khalaf, 12 years, killed in the bombing of Iblin and being carried out by White Helmets on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
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    Two of the children injured in strikes on the Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @tommycats4)
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    Two of the children injured in strikes on the Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @tommycats4)
  • "This photo taken on July 15, 2021 shows a view of unfinished trays of sweets and pastries lying amid debris on the floor of a room in a house that was hit by artillery shelling by Syrian regime forces, in the village of Iblin in the Jabal al-Zawiya district, south of Idlib, Abdulaziz KETAZ / @AFPphoto" Image posted by @_abdulazizketaz)
  • White Helmets and others load the car with a body of a casualty from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @MMCSYR)
  • White Helmets and others rescue a civilian from the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @MMCSYR)
  • White Helmets and others search the rubble following the alleged Russian or regime shelling of Iblin on July 15, 2021. (Image posted by @MMCSYR)

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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]