Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4435

Incident date

January 8, 2022

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.658546, 36.484314 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a woman and her child, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the town of Kansafra on January 8, 2022.

A tweet from @ShahbaPress reported that a child was injured in artillery shelling by the regime forces on the town on Kansafra. However, Macro Media Center identified “civilians, most of them children”, as being injured but did not specify how many were injured.

According to @JustKhalid313, one of the children injured was a 6 year old named Islam  who was “battling for her life” at the time of reporting and Syrian Network for Human Rights provided her full name to be Islam Najib Haj Ali. @Gurbtwatan added that Islam’s mother was also injured in the attack.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with Syrian Civil Defense referring to both the regime and Russian forces carrying out the attack while Baladi News attributed the strikes to “Syrian regime forces and the militias supporting it”  who used Russian-made Krassenbul artillery shells. North Press Agency specifically blamed regime forces stationed in the city of Kafranbel.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Islam Najib Haj Ali 6 years old female injured
  • Mother of Islam female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • One of the children wounded in alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • One of the children, named Islam, wounded in alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by @JustKhalid313)
  • White Helmets treat one of the victims of the alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by @YusufAd76532779)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Kansafra (كنصفرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.658546, 36.484314. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (20) [ collapse]