Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4382

Incident date

September 3, 2021

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and one to two others were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes while grazing a flock of sheep on the outskirts of Kansafra on September 3, 2021.

Idlib Plus reported that the child “Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk” was killed in Russian airstrikes on the town of Kansafra. Syrian Network for Human Rights identified Ali as being 12 years old and Zaman Al Wasl News said that Ali died from “severe wounds he sustained in the abdomen and pelvis, as well as bleeding in the vertebral arteries and vertebral veins”.

Shaam News added that in addition to the child that was killed, a man was also injured in the bombing and North Press Agency provided the name of the injured young man: Youssef al-Najjar, resident of Kansafra. Both were with a flock of sheep on the outskirts of the village when the attack occurred, which also killed many of the sheep. Syrian Civil Defense added that both tended to sheep to support their families.

Edlib Media Center put the victim toll from the strikes at one child killed and two others injured. The correspondent for Radio Al Kul added that the two wounded were between light and medium injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The correspondent of “Zaman Al-Wasl” in Idlib identified the child that was killed’s father as also sustaining wounds to varying degrees.

Firas Khalifa, the media official in the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), told Anadolu Agency that the bombing targeted a farm for raising animals and a workshop for making bricks.

A tweet from @Tiger_forces_ identified “terrorist gatherings and headquarters in the vicinity of the town of Kansafra” as the location of the strikes but provided no other information.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Russia. Anadolu Agency reported that the “Aviation Tracking Observatory” of the Syrian opposition stated, on its social media accounts, that a Russian plane took off at around 10 am this morning, local time, from Hmeimim Airport in Lattakia Governorate (west) and bombed the village of Kansafra in the southern countryside of Idlib Governorate.

Macro Media Center identified “vacuum missiles” as being used in the airstrikes. “Nedaa Post” correspondent said that the southern outskirts of the village of Kansafra were targeted with three raids.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk 12 years old male killed
  • Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk's father Adult male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • The death of the child "Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk" as a result of targeting the town of Kansafra in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the Idlib countryside, with Russian air strikes. (Image posted by @IdlibPluss)
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    Graphic image of the child Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk, killed in airtrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
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    Sheep that were killed in an airstrike on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • The death of the child "Ali Ahmed Al-Brouk" as a result of targeting the town of Kansafra in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the Idlib countryside, with Russian air strikes. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Animals that were killed in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Crater caused by airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Animals that were killed in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets help victims of the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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  • Smoke and dust from the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Smoke and dust from the airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Civilians killed and injured in airstrikes on Kansafra on September 3, 2021 that also killed a child and injured a man. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (37) [ collapse]