Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4406

Incident date

October 23, 2021

Location

معرة مصرين, Ma'aret Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.012172, 36.6730499 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

An 11 year old child was injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Ma’aret Misrin on October 23, 2021.

Alaraby News quoted the Syrian Civil Defense, who reported that an 11 year old was injured when Russian and regime forces bombed a “a fodder depot and a sawmill in the southern farms of the city of Maarat Misrin” with a long-range missile.

A tweet from @anasanas84 identified a building inhabited by displaced people as being the location of the missile strikes and also reported that a child was injured. Horrya News added that there were no other injuries from the strikes and that the location was secured.

A video posted by Ahmed Abu Muawiya on Youtube shows the remnants of the missiles, which he refers to as “vacuum missiles”, and the damage to a home. He reported that homes were “heavily damaged” in the strikes.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russian forces or the regime forces were responsible for strikes. The majority of sources identified “surface to surface” or long-range missiles as being used in the strikes and @Najdat567 posted images of what they identified as being Russian “organ missiles”.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • Alleged Russian strikes on Maaret Misrin on October 23, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Alleged Russian strikes on Maaret Misrin on October 23, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Damage to a building where displaced families lived in Maaret Misrin. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Damage to a building where displaced families lived in Maaret Misrin. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Damage to a building where displaced families lived in Maaret Misrin. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Remnants of the Organ missile launched by the Russian militias this morning, targeting south of Maarat Misrin, wounding a child. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Remnants of the Organ missile launched by the Russian militias this morning, targeting south of Maarat Misrin, wounding a child. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Remnants of the Organ missile launched by the Russian militias this morning, targeting south of Maarat Misrin, wounding a child. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Remnants of the Organ missile launched by the Russian militias this morning, targeting south of Maarat Misrin, wounding a child. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Child injured in strikes on Maarat Misrin on October 23rd, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • White Helmets at scene of strikes on Maarat Misrin on October 23rd, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • White Helmets at scene of strikes on Maarat Misrin on October 23rd, 2021. (Image posted by Nedaa Idlib)
  • Remnants of a missile launched against Maarat Misrin on October 23rd, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Remnants of a missile launched against Maarat Misrin on October 23rd, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention farmland south of the city of Ma’aret Misrin (معرة مصرين), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.012172, 36.6730499. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]