Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4370

Incident date

August 11, 2021

Location

برزة, Barze, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.727365, 36.226588 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Barze on August 11, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense (SCD), “a civilian was killed while he was collecting firewood, in artillery shelling by the Assad regime forces targeting the surrounding mountains of Barzeh”.

The correspondent for Zaman Al Wasl reported that the young man who was killed by the bombing of the regime forces, named Ibrahim Issa Al-Khatib, came from the village of “Sallet Al-Zohour” in the western countryside of Idlib. He was killed “while he was working to collect firewood to sell in the market in return for securing a living for him and his children, in addition to storing some of it for the winter.”

The SCD added that they removes the body of the deceased to a medical point and handed it over to his family.

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to the regime.  However, Macro Media Center and @IdlibPlus blamed both the Syrian regime and Russia for carrying out the strikes.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

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

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Civil Defense members carry the body of a civilian killed while collecting firewood when strikes targeted Barze on August 11, 2021. (Image posted by @EuphratesPost)
  • Image of Ibrahim Issa Al-Khatib, killed while collecting firewood when strikes targeted Barze on August 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Barze (برزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.727365, 36.226588. 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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (11) [ collapse]