Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4377

Incident date

August 20, 2021

Location

كفرنوران, Kafr Nouran, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one child was killed and her sibling, another child, was injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on a cemetery in Kafr Nouran on August 20, 2021.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that two children, Muhammad Subhi Darwish, 9, and his sister, Huda, 8, were injured in the town of Kafr Noran. Both children were taken to the hospital but Huda was transferred to a Turkish hospital due to the seriousness of her injuries.

A tweet by @abo_aljod84 identified “civilian martyrs and wounded in the town of Kafr Noran” but did not provide any details or numbers.

Various sources reported that Muhammad’s condition was “stable”. However, Zaiton mag later wrote that “the little girl, Huda Darwish, died of her injury yesterday”.

According to Macro Media Center, the two children, Muhammad and Huda, were in the town cemetery visiting their father’s grave when the area was bombed. @SbmjMS3nXS7DzvE added that the children were reciting the Quran and praying at the grave at the time the strikes occurred.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. A tweet from @Almohrar1 attributed the shelling to Russia while Macro Media Center identified the regime as using a “machine gun “23” in the attack against Kafr Nouran.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Cemetery in Kafr Nouran that was struck by shelling on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Cemetery in Kafr Nouran that was struck by shelling on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Muhammad Subhi Darwish, 9, and his sister, Huda, 8, the children injured in strikes on a cemetery in Kafr Nouran on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
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    One of the children injured in strikes on a cemetery in Kafr Nouran on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Civil Defense members sort through the rubble in a cemetery in Kafr Nouran that was struck by shelling on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
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    Image f Huda Darwish receiving treatment for the injuries she sustained in shelling of Kafr Nouran on August 20, 2021. Various sources reported that she later died from her injuries. (Image posted by Mamoun Al Shami)

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]