Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4344

Incident date

July 17, 2021

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and eight civilians, including two to three children and a woman, were killed and three others were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021.

@abdalwhab761identified “eight martyrs” from the bombing of Sarja while @OrientNews reported that six civilians were killed. A correspondent from @jisrtv also provided that six civilians were killed, including “3 children, brothers and their grandmother” and the Civil Defense member killed in the second strike assessed in incident R4345.

@syriapostnew1 tweeted about “the death of an entire family of 4 members, including a woman and two children” and a post from Edlib Media Center identified the members of the family as a man, his wife and three children. The correspondent of “Al-Suri Al-Youm” told Syrian Today that the artillery shelling resulted in “killing a woman and two children, and a number of wounded”. Syrian Civil Defense put the number of injured at six, including the three Civil Defense members injured in subsequent incident R4345.

A post by Assad Hamoudi named victims of the incident. #martyrs: Ritaj Ezzo Zureik, a child; Mays Ezzo Zureik is a girl; Sa’ida Ezzo Zureik is a baby girl; Hussein Haj Musa. #injuries: Hammam Haj Darwish; Abdul-Malik Satifi

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided details that the strikes killed ” three children sisters, named as Ritaj, Mais and Saeedah Izzou Zreiq, aged 11, 13 and 16 respectively, and injuring the other members of their family”.

The reporter @mhmdfaisel interviewed the mother of some of the victims, who told the reporter “My daughters are three under the rubble, where are my daughters!?”. Their home was also destroyed in the strikes. @OrientNews also reported that an entire family was trapped under the rubble.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. Various sources identified “laser-guided Krasnopol missiles” as being used in the strike, which are made by Russia and Syrian Civil Defense blamed the strikes on both the regime and Russia. However, sources such as Baladi News attributed the shelling to the regime.

Syrian Today reported that “the village of Sarjah is located in Jabal al-Zawiya near Jericho from the south, a civilian area controlled by the Suqur al-Sham faction, and no military presence was recorded inside it.” They also provided that the reason that Sarja was bombed is they’re “considered the first line in the confrontation with the regime because of its proximity to the line of contact in the Al-Ruwaiha area”.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • An image of a collapsed home with "an entire family under the rubble" following strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @OrientNews)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @abdalwhab761)
  • Damage to a vehicle caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @NagiNajjar)
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    Graphic image of one of the victims of the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @NagiNajjar)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @enabbaladi)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
  • Damage to buildings and homes caused by the strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by @khalid_sh_yusuf)
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    Image of Hussein Mohamed Haj Musa, killed in strikes on the town of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Sarja Deaths via Facebook)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets and other civilians rescue victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Harsh moments that will remain engraved in the memory, including what was documented by the martyred media volunteer Humam Al-Asi moments before his injury during the team’s response to the massacre committed by the regime forces and Russia today, which killed 5 civilians in the village of Sarja, and with direct targeting, the team was subjected to double bombardment. Hammam, who documented the truth for years, passed away, and the last thing he documented was the moment of his severe injury that led to his death. #not_a_target
  • Civilians carry a victim of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civilians sort through the rubble to find victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • The hand of a victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civilians sort through the rubble to find victims of the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage from the bombing of Sarja on July 17, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)

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
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]