Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4409

Incident date

October 27, 2021

Location

جمعية شام الخير, Sham Al Khair Assocation, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.221981, 36.804222 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

One civilian, a child, and up to ten other civilians were injured as a result of an alleged Russian or Syrian regime strike, during a raid on October 27th 2021, which targeted the Sham Al-Khair village or Domani camp, Termanin, in the northern countryside of Idlib.

Whilst Al Souria Network’s correspondent reported that in a “preliminary outcome” ten people had been wounded, in the same article, the Syrian Civil Defense team was reported to have said that four other children and a woman were wounded. Other sources, such as @mhmdfaisel tweeted that the number was seven.

According to multiple sources, the camp houses women who were widowed.  One local source, @RamiMu7ammad posted a video to Twitter with the caption, “this mother lost her husband and home, had to flee and live in an IDP [Internally Displaced Persons] camp for widows and orphans and now she lost her child.”  Her child has been identified as Bassam Hallaq, seven years old.  Her other children, Bassam’s sister, Batoul Hallaq, 13 years old, was also wounded in the attack and a source, Syriansae, posted on Faceook that she had to have her leg amputated. Fatima Hallaq, their other sibling, was also pictured at hospital after being injured in the attack.

The_whitehelmets posted a photo of her  on Instagram, in her hospital bed which said, “Fatima will wake up soon to find that those moments were her last with her brother Bassam.”

The three others who were reported to have been wounded are two children, Maryam Sheikh, 13 years old, Salama Muhaimid, eleven years old, and Fadela Dawoud, a woman, who was 52 years old.

Some sources added that the shelling was laser-guided Krasnopol shells, although other local sources, such as @freeehsem tweeted that the attack was as a “result of rocket-propelled grenades launched by Bashar al-Assad’s gang.”

It has been reported that the responsibility lied with with either the Syrian regime or the Russian forces. For example, Al Souria Network reported that “activists circulated pictures and video clips that they said were of Russian planes.” Al Muharrah Network differed with their picture, instead stating that their correspondent “in Idlib said that Assad’s forces, staioned in the 46th Regiment, west of Aleppo, targeted a camp for widows.”

This attack comes after, as Xber 24 reported, “the Idlib governate and the countryside of Aleppo and Hama have witnessed a major military escalation by Russia and the Syrian regime, during the past few days.”

The incident was first reported on October 27, 2021 at 1:37 pm by @BelalBayoush90.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Bassam Hallaq 7 years old male killed
  • Batoul Hallaq 13 years old female sister of Bassam injured
  • Fatima Hallaq Child female sister of Bassam
  • Maryam Sheikh 13 years old female injured
  • Salama Muhaimid 11 years old female injured
  • Fadela Dawoud 52 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (60) [ collapse]

Media
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  • "Uncle, uncle, my brother died! God's sake From targeting Sham Al-Khair camp near the town of #Termanin"
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    Bassam Hallaq, allegedly killed by Russain or Syrian regime forces on October 27th 2021. (Image via @Ibrahim02622591 / Twitter)
  • Damage caused by a Russian or Syrian regime attack on the Sham El Khair camp for Internally Displaced Persons in the village of Termanin, October 27th 2021. (Image via @sunMuslim / Twitter).
  • Injured sister of Bassam Hallaq, who was killed by an alleged Russain or Syrian regime forces attack on the village of Termanin on October 27th 2021. (Image via @sunMuslim / Twitter)
  • Blood left in the Hallaq family home after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack which killed Bassam Hallaq, aged seven, on October 27th 2021. (Image via @sunMuslim / Twitter)
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    Bassam Hallaq, aged 7, killed by an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on the village of Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via @sunMuslim / Twitter).
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    Bassam Hallaq, killed allegedly by a Russian or Syrian regime attack on Termanin, October 27th 2021. (Image via @freeehsem / Twitter)
  • An attack allegedly by the Russain forces or Syrian regime hit the town of Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via @freeehsem / Twitter)
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    Bassam Hallaq, killed allegedly by a Russian or Syrian regime attack on Termanin, October 27th 2021. (Image via @freeehsem / Twitter)
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    Images of Bassam Hallaq, who was allegedly killed by a Russain or Syrian regime attack on the village of Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via @h001t / Twitter)
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    @Marea_Elshame reported on the children injured in the alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via Twitter).
  • "The orphan child Bassam Hallaq, was killed by Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the evening of October 27, 2021 by artillery shelling targeting his family’s tent in a camp for orphans and their mothers near the town of Termanin in Idlib countryside, northwest Syria." (Image via @khaleedalkhteb / Twitter)
  • 1 of 2: Image created of the deceased child, Bassam Hallaq, who was killed in a Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021 (Image via @ibrahim78197182 / Twitter)
  • 2 of 2: Image created of the deceased child, Bassam Hallaq, who was killed in a Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021 (Image via @ibrahim78197182 / Twitter)
  • @a2hmmadd77 reported the attack in the Domani camp on October 27th 2021 (Image via Twitter)
  • Injured sister of Bassam Hallaq, who was killed in an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via @ibrahim78197182 / Twitter)
  • Baladi News reported the attack allegedly by the Russian or Syrian regime forces on October 27th 2021 which killed one child and injured several others.
  • Al Tareek news showed a Syrian Civil Defense volunteer rescuing a injured child in Termanin on October 27th 2021.
  • Halap Today reported of the attack on Termanin allegedy by Russian or Syrian regime forces on October 27th 2021.
  • 1 of 2: Syrian Civil Defense volunteers reported from the scene as they rescue those injured in the alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021 (Image via Facebook).
  • 2 of 2: Syrian Civil Defense volunteers reported from the scene as they rescue those injured in the alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021 (Image via Facebook).
  • Batoul Hallaq, injured in an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Termanin on October 27th 2021. Reports allege that her leg was amputated as a result. (Image via Sham.hayir / Facebook).
  • 1 of 2: Sham.hayir posted a photo on Facebook of the moment the alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack hit the village of Termanin on October 27th 2021.
  • 2 of 2: Sham.hayir posted a photo on Facebook of the moment the alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack hit the village of Termanin on October 27th 2021.
  • "A man gives his last farewell look to a child who was killed by artillery shelling by the regime forces on a camp near the town of Termanin in the northern countryside of Idlib" (Image via MMC)
  • 1 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 3 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 4 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 5 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 6 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 7 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • 8 of 9: MMC reported the destruction from the Domani camp near Termanin after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime attack on October 27th 2021.
  • SNHR reported from the destruction on October 27th 2021 after an alleged Russain or Syrian regime airstrike.
  • Fatima Hallaq, injured after an alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Termanin on October 27th 2021 (Image via SCD / Facebook)

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Sham Al Khair Assocation (جمعية شام الخير), in the vicinity of Termanin (ترمانين‎). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 36.221981, 36.804222.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Sham Al Khair Assocation (جمعية شام الخير), in the vicinity of Termanin (ترمانين‎). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location to exact coordinates.

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  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

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  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

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Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (60) [ collapse]