Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4350

Incident date

July 20, 2021

Location

الطريق الواصل بين بداما و الزعينية, the linking road between Bdama and Al-Za'iniyah, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a humanitarian medical worker, was killed and between eight and 19 other civilians, including five children, were injured in a guided missile strike on a car on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah on July 20, 2021.

@RaedAlSaleh3 tweeted “today, we lost our friend “Iyad Al-Lari,” one of the humanitarian workers in the medical field in northern Syria. Iyad passed away on the first day of Eid al-Adha, by targeting the car he was traveling with with a guided missile on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah”.

@Hasan_Jneed added that Iyad was from the city of Jisr Al-Shughour and @Mohmmad44alsham referred to him as also being a professor. A tweet from @baznewz included the detail that he was a “fourth-year mechanical engineering student from Idlib University.”

Hala Today TV provided information that Iyad ” is a revolutionary activist from the University of Aleppo, and participated in the first demonstrations of the peaceful popular movement in the city of Aleppo, and the regime arrested him in the “Bab Al-Hadid” demonstration in the city of Aleppo on April 21, 2011, before he was released under popular pressure and sit-ins.”

Baladi News also quoted media activist Muhammad Khudair as saying “after [Iyad’s] release from prison he returned to his village liberated from the Assad militia to begin his revolutionary activity there. He was wounded by a tank shell. He was transferred to Turkey for treatment. He returned a month later and then went to humanitarian work, He was elected more than once as a representative of the western sector and a representative of the region in the provincial council for two consecutive years.”

The Assistance Coordination Unit of Syria identified Iyad as one of their colleagues and released a statement mourning his death.

In addition to the death of Iyad, 19 others, including five children, were injured in the strikes, Enab Baladi News reported. Al Jazeera put the injury toll at “eight other civilians, including 4 children”.

According to @ala_hacioglu, the vehicle was struck “in front of a restaurant in the town of Bdama”. @tommycats4 referred to the location as “a gathering of the people in front of a shop distributing sacrificial meat in the town of Badama”.

The majority of sources identified the regime as being responsible for the strikes, including a tweet from @Gurbtwatan attributed the missile strike to “regime forces stationed in Jabal Al-Akrad”. However, a few sources, including the Syrian Civil Defense, blamed both Russia and the regime for the strikes. Various sources refer to the strike as being carried out by a “Kornet missile”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–19
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
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  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Syrian Civil Defense arrives at a hospital with victims of the bombing of a car that was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • A civilian car was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @Hasan_Jneed)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @Mohmmad44alsham)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by @YusufAd76532779)
  • Civil Defense workers sort through rubble following strikes near a car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by Bissan Radio)
  • Image of Iyad Al-Lari, a humanitarian worker in the medical field who was killed in his car while traveling on the road between the towns of Bdama Al-Za’iniyah. (Image posted by Assistance Coordination Unit)
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  • Syrian Civil Defense help victims of the bombing of a car that was struck with a guided missile while driving on the road to the town of Badama-Al-Za’iniya on July 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–19
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]