Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4354

Incident date

July 29, 2021

Location

اليادودة, al-Yadouda, Daraa, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between five and six civilians, including three to five children and a woman, were killed and at least one other civilian was injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “a woman and her little son and three other children in al-Yadouda” were killed. Syrian Network for Human Rights also reported that five civilians were killed from the same family, including three children and a woman while @DaraaMartyrsOF identified that among the five killed included “a man, a woman and 3 children from the same family”.

Syrian Civil Defense put the toll of civilians killed a six, including “4 children, their mother and another child” and NPA Syria also identified “a woman and five children” as being killed.

A video posted by Horan Free Media shows the mother of three of the children saying goodbye to them as they’re wrapped in white sheets.

A tweet from @NagiNajjar identified the names of the victims: Nahla Al-Zoubi (wife of Ibrahim Al-Zoubi) (F), Hamza Ibrahim Al-Zoubi (M), Baraa Ahmed Rakan Al-Zoubi (M), child Mohammed Ahmed Rakan Al-Zoubi (M), and girl Ritaj Ahmed Rakan Al-Zoubi (M). @chessrabaa confirmed that Ritaj, Muhammad, and Bara’a were siblings, the children of Ahmed Rakan Al-Zoubi.

A post from Suliman Al Zou’bi added that Sari Abd al-Rahman al-Zoubi was also killed in the strikes.

@NagiNajjar also identified Hamza Ibrahim Al-Zoubi as being the child of Nahla Al-Zoubi, both of whom were killed.

Horan Free Media was not able to provide an estimate of how many were wounded, only identifying “a number of wounded”. Syria TV added that “the young man, “Samer Al-Hammadi” from the “Al-Sad” road, was also wounded by the bombing.

Daraa 24 reported that the civilians were killed when their house collapsed on them while they were inside.

Syrian Civil Defense identified surface to surface missiles as being used in the attack while Horan Free Media reported that “a number of “elephant” missiles” led to the massacre.

According to Horan Free Media, the strikes also led to a “large displacement movement” following the strike as many residents of al-Yadouda fled the town for fear of future strikes of that severity.

The majority fo sourced attributed the strikes to the regime and NPA Syria specifically identified “the 285th Artillery Brigade of the government forces, which is stationed on the northern outskirts of Daraa city” as carrying out the attack. @omar_alharir posted a video alleged to show the regime forces launching the rockets that struck al-Yadouda. However, Syrian Civil Defense identified both Russia and the regime as carrying out strikes on the Dara’a countryside.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (3–5 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Victims of the strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • With six civilians already declared dead, rescuers worked to find another who was still stuck under the rubble following strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by Horan Free Media)
  • Smoke caused by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by Horan Free Media)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @chessrabaa)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @chessrabaa)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @chessrabaa)
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    Very graphic image of two of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @chessrabaa)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @nourabohsn)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @nourabohsn)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @nourabohsn)
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    Very graphic image of two of the children killed by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @nourabohsn)
  • Rescuers worked to find others who were still stuck under the rubble following strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @waelwanne)
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  • Damage to buildings caused by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @BaselAlghazawi)
  • Damage to buildings caused by strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @BaselAlghazawi)
  • Rescuers worked to find others who were still stuck under the rubble following strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by NPA Syria)
  • Building collapsed following strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by Daraa martyrs via Facebook)
  • Sari Abd al-Rahman al-Zoubi, killed in strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by Suliman Al Zou’bi via Facebook)
  • Ritaj, and Bara'a and Muhammad, killed in strikes on al-Yadouda on July 29, 2021. (Image posted by @FARED_ALHOR)

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (3–5 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]