Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4392

Incident date

September 19, 2021

Location

الكفير, Al Kafir, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A least one civilian, a child, was killed and up to five others, including a woman, were injured in alleged regime or Russian strikes on the town of Al Kafir on September 19, 2021.

Firas Al-Khalifa, the media official of the Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib, told Al-Araby News that a 15-year-old boy was killed, and a woman was injured as a result of the Syrian regime’s artillery shelling on the town of Kafir.

Syrian Network for Human Rights published the name of the child killed: Abdul Hadi Salman.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified a child as being killed in the strikes but put the number of civilians injured at five. Various other sources reported that “others” were wounded or “a number” of wounded resulted from the strikes but did not identify how many.

The Syria TV correspondent said that the Syrian Civil Defense teams (White Helmets) transported the body of the child and treated the victim to the hospital for treatment, and also secured the targeted area.

The majority of sources attributed the shelling to the Syrian regime, with Nedaa Post identifying 7 rocket launchers belonging to regime forces stationed near the town of Gorin as being the source of the shelling. However, Syrian Civil Defense and @IdlibPlus referred to both Russia and the regime as being responsible and Resala Post blamed Russia.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Members of the White Helmets help victims of a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Graphic image of Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
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    Graphic image of Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @Ahmadmuaffaq)
  • Funeral for Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @WM_FREESYR)
  • Funeral for Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @WM_FREESYR)
  • Funeral for Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Funeral for Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Funeral for Abdul Hadi Salman, killed in a shelling attack on Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Shelling of the village of Al Kafir on September 19, 2021. (Image posted by @Worldarabsnews)

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]