Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4388

Incident date

September 8–9, 2021

Location

اريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and six civilians, including two women, were injured by Russian or regime forces on September 8/9, 2021.

According to @ajmurgent, five civilians were wounded, including a woman, in artillery shelling by the regime forces while a tweet from @mhmdfaisel put the injury toll at four.

A tweet from @thawrat111 listed the named of those injured: Ismail Mohamed Arian – 30 years old; Abdullah Kestan Ibn Mustafa; Abd al-Qadir al-Muna Ibn Muhammad (hand injury); Nuras Alnaayib – 36 years old (back injury); Wessal Sobhi Mlecho (face injury).

A post by @Jabal.Alzaweya.today added that Ahmed Al Naeb Ibn Anas was also injured and suffered a chest injury from the shelling.

Baladi News reported that six civilians, including a woman, were injured when more than five shells struck residential neighborhoods in Ariha after midnight Wednesday-Thursday. Two of the civilians with serious injuries were transferred to Bab Al-Hawa Hospital.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia, the regime, or Iran was responsible for the strikes. Baladi News pointed to the regime forces and the militias supporting them stationed in the city of Saraqib as being responsible for the shelling, adding that the shelling coincided with Russian reconnaissance of the area and the passage of several Turkish vehicles on the Aleppo-Lattakia International Highway.

The incident occured after midnight.

  • Ismail Mohamed Arian 30 years old injured
  • Abdullah Kestan Ibn Mustafa Age unknown injured
  • Abd al-Qadir al-Muna Ibn Muhammad Age unknown injured
  • Nuras Alnaayib 36 years old female injured
  • Wessal Sobhi Mlecho Age unknown female injured
  • Ahmed Al Naeb Ibn Anas Age unknown

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Shelling of the town of Ariha on September 8/9. 2021. (Image posted by Baladi News)
  • Six injuries as a result of the artillery shelling that targeted the city of Ariha by the regime forces and their Russian ally, in conjunction with the flight of reconnaissance aircraft over the city. The names of the injured 1- Ismail Muhammad Arian 2- Abdullah Kestan, son of Mustafa 3- Abd al-Qadir al-Muna, son of Muhammad 4- Nawras Al Naeb woman . 5- Wessal Sobhi Mlecho, a woman 6- Ahmed Al Naeb Ibn Anas had a chest injury
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Victims of the shelling of the town of Ariha being treated at a medical facility on September 8/9. 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search for victims following strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search for victims following strikes on Ariha on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Victims of the shelling of the town of Ariha being treated at a medical facility on September 8/9. 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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]