Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4364

Incident date

August 7, 2021

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery and missile strikes on Ariha on August 7, 2021.

Zaman Al Wasl reported that “two civilians were injured, one of them in a serious condition, this afternoon, Saturday, as a result of intense artillery and missile shelling by the regime forces, which targeted residential neighborhoods and the outskirts of the city of “Jericho” in the western countryside of Idlib.” They also added that “the city of “Ariha” includes a large number of displaced families from the countryside of Idlib, Hama and Aleppo, in addition to new families who were displaced in recent weeks from the Jabal al-Zawiya area, south of Idlib governorate, due to the escalation of the regime forces and Russia and the perpetration of massacres against civilians.

Syrian Civil Defense also identified two civilians as being injured. @ShahbaPress and @syr_television both tweeted that civilians were injured but did not provide a toll of how many were injured.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with the majority attributing the strikes to the regime while @rahhalahmad06 blamed Russia. In addition, “Enab Baladi’s correspondent in Idlib reported today, Saturday, August 7, that the regime forces and Russia targeted the outskirts of the city of Idlib this morning, to return and bombard residential neighborhoods in Ariha, after a continuous bombing campaign since the beginning of last June.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Strikes on Ariha on August 7, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Strikes on Ariha on August 7, 2021. (Image posted by @Nabel_othman023)
  • Strikes on Ariha on August 7, 2021. (Image posted by @spc_fr)
  • White Helmets inspect the damaged area following strikes on Ariha on August 7, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

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
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]