Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4347

Incident date

July 18, 2021

Location

بليون, Balion, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.696091, 36.504654 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least two girls were wounded in alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling of Balion on July 18, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, “two girls also suffered a similar bombing on the town of Billion in the countryside”. Syrian Civil Defense was the only source to report on civilian injuries from the shelling while other sources only mentioned that shelling occurred.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the shelling, with @syr_television blaming the regime while @anasanas84 identified “Russian laser artillery shell”. @iHHDYROQMHnphnS and Syrian Civil Defense attributed the shelling to both Russia and the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Balion (بليون), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.696091, 36.504654. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (4) [ collapse]