Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4412

Incident date

November 11, 2021

Location

أطراف معرة مصرين, vicinity of Maarrat Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least five civilians, including three children and a woman, were killed and six others, including two children, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on a home for displaced people in Ma’aret Misrin on November 11, 2021.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, five civilians, including three children and a woman, were killed and 6 others, most of them from one family, were wounded in Russian strikes on a poultry farm where displaced people were living. They specify that the victims were “a man, his wife, his children and his nephew” and included images of a woman they identify as 69 year old Saada, who lost her son and grandchildren in the bombing.

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided the names of the children killed: Marwah, Asaad, and Hasan Yahya Khader. Their parents were also killed in the strikes. However, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, only two of the children are siblings and the other child is their cousin. The family was identified as being displaced from al-Yarmoug village.

A Facebook post from Al Karma Camp identified the names and ages of all of the people killed: Yehia Khader – 21 years old, Sidra – his wife, 20 years, Asaad Khader two years, Marwa Khader one year, Hassan 8 years old

@SAMS_Arabic reported that two children with injuries were taken to Idlib Central Hospital for treatment.The medical staff provided first aid, including “dressing wounds, stopping bleeding, and fixing fractures” inspite of the fact that the facilities have been facing the challenge of treating COVID patients as well.

Shaam News identified children among the wounded and pointed out that the air raids struck buildings housing displaced people from the village of Al-Barqum who live in the farm and farmhouse as shelter. Step News Agency also referred to the area affected as being the Al-Masroor area in the vicinity of Ma’aret Misrin.

Volunteer “Mulham Sawan”, one of the Syrian Civil Defense respondents to the massacre, said of one of the child victims of the strikes that “when I held him in my hands, he was like a little angel, I was trying not to see his eyes, I was afraid of his looks asking me why this happened, I started thinking about his father, mother and brother who were also victims of the massacre.”

The consensus among sources was that Russian forces were responsible for the airstrikes. Step News Agency pointed out that Russian planes continued to fly over the area even as the White Helmets were sorting through the rubble for the victims of the strikes. A tweet from @MasarPressNet also identified vacuum missiles as being used in the bombing.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Marwah 1 years old killed
  • Asaad 2 years old killed
  • Hasan Yahya Khader 8 years old killed
  • Sidra 20 years old female killed
  • Yehia Khader 21 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (55) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (60) [ collapse]

  • Russian warplanes launch air strikes this morning, Thursday, November 11, targeting the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib.
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    White Helmet volunteer with the body of a child killed in strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers search for the bodies of the victims of strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers search for the bodies of the victims of strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers with rescue equipment searching for the victims of strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers search for the bodies of the victims of strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteer amongst the rubble from strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteer with the body of a child killed in strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteer amongst the rubble from strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • A massacre against displaced civilians, which killed an entire family, a man, his wife, his children and his nephew, and wounded 6 others, perpetrated by Russian warplanes this morning, Thursday, November 11, by targeting a farm near Maarrat Misrin, north of Idlib. The first moments of the arrival of the Syrian Civil Defense teams to retrieve the victims and the injured.
  • 69-year-old Saada, who lost her son and her grandchildren in alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • 69-year-old Saada, who lost her son and her grandchildren in alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • 69-year-old Saada, who lost her son and her grandchildren in alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • 69-year-old Saada, who lost her son and her grandchildren in alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • A White Helmet volunteer holds the body of a child killed in strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • "Marwa, reply to me... Assad response to me... Sidra... I’m your grandfather." A grieving grandfather bids farewell to his two grandchildren and his daughter, who were victims of a massacre perpetrated by Russian planes today in Maarat Misrin, north of Idlib. Words fail, time stops, memories are lost, and tears speak with burning, to tell the tragedy of a bleeding homeland and what remains of it is death.
  • Ten years and the scene is repeated, as if the fate of the Syrians is death chasing them, children being buried before life knows, and homes becoming graves.
  • "Pictures of the destruction left by the Russian occupation aircraft, by bombing poultry houses and homes for civilians north of Idlib" (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • "Pictures of the destruction left by the Russian occupation aircraft, by bombing poultry houses and homes for civilians north of Idlib" (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • "Pictures of the destruction left by the Russian occupation aircraft, by bombing poultry houses and homes for civilians north of Idlib" (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • "Pictures of the destruction left by the Russian occupation aircraft, by bombing poultry houses and homes for civilians north of Idlib" (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • White Helmets sort through rubble caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Family members of the victims killed by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • White Helmets sort through rubble caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Collapsed building caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Collapsed building caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • White Helmets sort through rubble caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • White Helmets sort through rubble caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Collapsed building caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Collapsed building caused by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • SNHR exclusive photo shows damage to the poultry barn and the surrounding area.
  • SNHR exclusive photo shows Civil Defense personnel retrieving the body of one of the victims killed in the massacre
  • One of the victims of the alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadHoms20)
  • Dust and smoke rise over Maarat Misrin following strikes carried out by alleged Russian planes on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @freeehsem)
  • Dust and smoke rise over Maarat Misrin following strikes carried out by alleged Russian planes on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @freeehsem)
  • The last child to be pulled out of the rubble and the White Helmet volunteer that found him after he was killed by alleged Russian strikes on the outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @alhor_7)
  • First aid teams treat a child injured in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • First aid teams treat a person injured in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
  • First aid teams treat a person injured in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
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    Child killed in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @dulama_1)
  • The body of a child killed in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @TvIdlib)
  • The body of an "unidentified" child who was killed by Russian air strikes, Sams Hospital - Maarat Misrin, November 11, 2021 (Izz al-Din Zakour - Al-Souria.net)
  • Russian aerial bombardment in the vicinity of Idlib city, November 11, 2021 (Al-Suriya.net)
  • Russian aerial bombardment in the vicinity of Idlib city, November 11, 2021 (Al-Suriya.net)
  • The body of an “unidentified” child who was killed by Russian air strikes, Sams Hospital - Maarrat Misrin, November 11, 2021 (Al-Suriya.net)
  • A man injured in Russian airstrikes in the vicinity of Idlib city, November 11, 2021 (Al-Suriya.net)
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    Victims of the alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMS_Arabic)
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    Woman killed in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Idlib Health Directorate - Forensic Medicine)
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    Child killed in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Idlib Health Directorate - Forensic Medicine)
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    Child killed in alleged Russian strikes on he outskirts of the city of Maarat Misrin on November 11, 2021. (Image posted by Idlib Health Directorate - Forensic Medicine)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (55) [ collapse]