Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4433

Incident date

January 2, 2022

Location

محطة العرشاني لضخ المياه, Al Arshabi water station, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, an employee of a water station, was injured when Al-Arshani water station was bombed by alleged Russian forces on January 2, 2022.

A tweet from @AlhasanMahar reported that Russian forces bombed Al-Arshani water station, which is “responsible for delivering water to about a quarter of a million civilians” in Idlib. @thiqanewsagency added that the station was completely out of service and Al Souria News identified the station as the only water station serving the city of Idlib.

@IrfaaSawtak quoted local civil defense forces who said that a worker at the station was injured. Syrian Network for Human Rights also identified one of the employees of the water station as having been injured in the strikes.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the airstrikes damaged “the station’s structure and its perimeter fence, in addition to severely damaging the main pipeline used for pumping, and other essential equipment.” The source also confirmed that the station is in a residential area and is free of any “military presence and equipment”.

Zaman Al Wasl also reported that airstrikes hit a factory for the productions of foodstuffs west of the city in addition to the strikes on the water station.

The Director-General of the Drinking Water Corporation, Muhammad Jamal Diban, said to Fresh Syria: “The Al-Arashani drinking water station in the city was bombed yesterday by Russian aircraft and was out of service, so we worked on emergency solutions, which is to operate the old project.”Diban added that “the project provides the city with 3,500 cubic meters per day, in addition to operating stations and internal wells to reduce the burden on residents.” Diban explained, “At the level of work, we have removed the rubble, secured the necessary supplies and changed the damaged parts. As a quick and temporary solution, we seek to supply the city of Idlib with water until the Al-Arashani station is repaired, which [supplies water to] 350 to 400 thousand people.”

The majority of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Russian warplanes. A tweet from @adlbhamam1985, a local journalist, identified two raids as being carried out on Al-Arashani.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (30) [ collapse]

  • Alleged Russian strikes on the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Alleged Russian strikes on the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Alleged Russian strikes on the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Alleged Russian strikes on the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @Najdat567)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @omar_hajkadour)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @omar_hajkadour)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @omar_hajkadour)
  • Alleged Russian strikes on the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @omar_hajkadour)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @IrfaaSawtak)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @IrfaaSawtak)
  • Damage to the water tank at the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @faizaldoghim060)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @mesara8901)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @mesara8901)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by @mesara8901)
  • Russian warplanes launched dozens of air strikes since the early hours of the morning, targeting civilian properties and infrastructure in the Idlib region.
  • Russian strikes surrounding Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Russian strikes surrounding Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Russian strikes surrounding Idlib on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage to the Al-Arashani water station serving the city of Idlib caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on January 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]