Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4401

Incident date

October 12, 2021

Location

كفر عمة, Kafr Amma, Syria

Geolocation

36.14524, 36.87256 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least five children were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling in Kafr Anna, Syria on October 12th 2021. Two sources mentioned another civilian was also injured; one source mentioned that a woman and a man were injured alongside four children.

The names of the children were widely reported as: Mahmoud Khalil, 10 years old, Youssef Razzouk, 17 years old, Suhaib Abdul Rahman, 7 years old, Bashar Yassin, 17 years old and Moayad Abdel Halim Al-Omar, who’s age is not known at this time.

It was reported that Youssef had injuries to his leg and abdomen, while Moayad had injuries to his leg and foot. One of the children, Bashar Yassin, was reported to have had his legs amputated as a result of the injuries.

The Syrian Civil Defense team reported that they transferred the injured children from Al-Atareb Hospital to Bab Al-Hawa Hospital.

Most sources attributed the artillery shelling to Syrian regime forces, although at least three sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, attributed the shelling to Russian forces. Almodon news network cited both Iranian militias and Syrian regime forces as being responsible for the shelling.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mahmoud Khalil 10 years old male injured
  • Youssef Razzouk 17 years old injured
  • Moayad Abdel Halim Al-Omar Age unknown injured
  • Suhaib Abdul Rahman 7 years old injured
  • Bashar Yassin 17 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • 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, Iranian Military

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Media
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    Image of four of the five children severely injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery shelling. Image posted on Twitter via @Almohrar1.
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    One of the children injured in either Russian or Syrian regime artillery shelling on October 12th 2021. Image via @YusufAd76532779 on Twitter.
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    One of the children injured in Syrian regime or Russian artillery shelling on October 12th 2021. Image posted on Twitter by @YusufAd76532779.
  • One of the five children severely injured by alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery shelling on October 12th 2021. Image posted on Twitter by @YusufAd76532779
  • Five children were severely injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery shelling on 12th October 2021; image shows one of the boys. Image posted on Twitter by @YusufAd76532779.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Kafr Amma (كفرعمة), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.14524, 36.87256. 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

Iranian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Military
  • Iranian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • 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, Iranian Military

Sources (35) [ collapse]