Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4348

Incident date

July 18, 2021

Location

دارة عزة, Daret Ezza, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and three to five civilians, including three to four women and up to two children, were injured in artillery shelling on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021.

A tweet from @kwater4syr identified “A child was killed and 4 civilians were wounded by Russian laser artillery shelling”. @anasanas84 tweeted that among the four that were wounded were women and Zaman Al Wasl identified all of those four injured as women. However, @Sy24ria put the toll of wounded at three and added that they were all from the same family while Syrian Civil Defense put the toll of wounded at “3 women and two children”.

A Baladi News correspondent in Aleppo countryside reported that the areas affected by the strikes were “residential neighborhoods in the city of Darat Izza” and that among those injured, “one is in serious condition, who were taken to field hospitals in the area”.

@anasanas84 named the child killed: Musa Mustafa Turkmani, 8 years old. A correspondent for Zaman Al Wasl provided the age of Musa as 6 years old.

At the time of the strikes, the father of the child who was killed was painting the house in preparation for Eid. He helped the Civil Defense rescue “his 2 daughters & wife but not his youngest son Mousa who died under rubble.”

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. A tweet from @syriapostnew1 attributed the strikes to Russia while Macro Media Center blamed regime forces for artillery shelling.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @AhmedDekhan)
  • A father morns the loss of his son, Musa Mustafa Turkmani, who was killed in strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @NidalAbdulmonem)
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    Image of Musa Mustafa Turkmani, who was killed in strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Smoke rises from the site of the shelling in Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by @Sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Daret Ezza Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Daret Ezza on July 18, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • "I saved my sister and became a role for my brother Musa, he was stoned." A family emerged from under the rubble and a child was killed, and the rest of the family was wounded in the city of Darat Izza in the western countryside of Aleppo this morning, Sunday, July 18, as a result of the bombing of their house by the regime and Russia’s forces with artillery shells.

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
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]