Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4418

Incident date

November 25, 2021

Location

مجدليا, Majdalia, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.834700, 36.677311 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a woman or a child, was killed and three to four others, including women and children, were injured in alleged Russian strikes on the village of Majdalia on November 25, 2021.

Baladi News correspondent in Idlib countryside said that a warplane of the Russian Air Force launched air strikes with high-explosive missiles on the vicinity of the village of “Majdalia” and that the bombing caused the death of a woman and the wounding of three others (seem to be referring to them as being women).

A tweet from @Worldarabsnews also reported that a woman was killed in the strikes and that several other civilians were injured, including children. @zaid__hassn put the number of injuries at four and referred to them as being “olive harvest workers”. A Facebook post by Idlib Urgent also mentioned that four were injured and were in critical condition.

Syrian Network for Human Rights provided the name of the civilian killed: Mrs. Amineh al Khaled. Alshamal Alsouri also mentioned the name of Amineh as being killed and added the names of three others injured: Azzam Raed QanbMuhammad Mustafa QanbMunir Raed Qanb.

Syrian Civil Defense reported that “Ahmad, 13 years old, was wounded by air strikes while picking olives with his relatives”, adding that he was still being treated for his wounds.

While some of the sources refer to a woman being killed, Facebook posts from Shahin Mohammad and others identify a female child as being killed and provided a graphic image of a child that was said to be Amineh al Khaled, killed in the incident.

@syria55s pointed out that the location of the strikes was a workshop where olive pickers were working, with other sources also referring to the location as agricultural land.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Russian forces.

The incident occured at 12:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Azzam Raed Qanb injured
  • Muhammad Mustafa Qanb injured
  • Munir Raed Qanb injured
  • Amineh al Khaled Age unknown killed
  • Ahmad 13 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by @yazansyri)
  • A martyr and a number of wounded, as a result of an air strike by the Russian occupation aircraft targeting a workshop working in olive harvest in the vicinity of the village of Majdalia in the eastern countryside of Idlib
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • Strikes on the town of Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Efrin via Facebook)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmet volunteers responded to strikes on an olive grove in Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Graphic image of a child, identified to be Amineh al Khaled, killed in alleged Russian strikes on Majdalia on November 25, 2021. (Image posted by Alshamal Alsouri via Facebook)
  • Ahmad, 13 years old, was wounded by air strikes while picking olives with his relatives on the outskirts of Ma’artba’i village, south of Idlib, last Thursday, November 25. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the outskirts of the village of Majdalia (مجدليا), as well as the neighbouring village of Ma’artba’i (معرطبعي). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Majdalia are: 35.834700, 36.677311. The generic coordinates for Ma’artba’i are: 35.822583, 36.658065.

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
    1
  • (0–1 children0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]