Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4437

Incident date

February 16, 2022

Location

سوق المحروقات بين بلدتي ترمانين والدانا, the fuel market between Tarmanin An Al Dana towns, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between three and four civilians were killed and up to five others were injured in alleged Russian or regime artillery strikes on February 16, 2022.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, four civilians were killed and two others were injured in artillery shelling of a fuel market and the outskirts of the widow camp near the town of Tarmanin. The shelling caused large fires and the White Helmets worked to put out the fires and search for survivors – the rescue efforts took four continuous hours and required the participation of 10 firefighting teams.

A tweet from @ShahbaPress identified the four victims killed in the strikes as being members of one family, including two brothers. Euphrates Post named three of the civilians killed: Ahmed Hajj Hussein Fakher, Khaled Hajj Hussein Fakher, Fahd Ahmed Shahoud from Sarmin City. The source added that the fourth person could not be identified because their body was charred.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of civilians killed at “at least three people” and that the number of deaths was likely to rise. Zaman Al Wasl reported that five people were injured, with some of them from the same family. Macro Media Center added that those that were injured had varying degrees of injuries and El Dorar identified those injured as being fuel tanker drivers.

Syrian Civil Defense also provided details that the shelling occurred in the Hazra area located between the town of Termanin and the city of Dana. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the fuel market that was bombed belonged to “Watad petrol company” and Zaman Al Wasl identified the “widows camp” as being Al-Domani camp for the displaced.

One of the White Helmets named Tawfiq described feeling helpless following the bombing and describes a similar incident six years ago when fuel tanks were bombed.

Sources were conflicted as to whether the regime or Russia were responsible for the bombing, with @IdlibPlus attributing the strikes to the regime while the Syrian Civil Defense blamed both Russia and the regime and Al Modon News assigned responsibility to Russia. Euphrates Post identified “Krassenbul laser” missiles as being used in the attack.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the fuel market was under the control of Hay’at Tahrir al Sham and that the fuel was stored in tanks and ground-level warehouses.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (52) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Dead, wounded, and large fires broke out, with artillery shelling by the regime forces and Russia, today, Wednesday, February 16, targeting a fuel market and the outskirts of the widows camp, near the town of Termanin in the northern countryside of Idlib.
  • 4 civilians were killed and two others were injured, in an indefinite toll of artillery shelling by the regime forces and Russia today, Wednesday, February 16, on a fuel market and the outskirts of the widows camp, near the town of Termanin in the northern countryside of Idlib, our teams are working to put out the fires and search for survivors in the place.
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Difficult moments, the flames are high, a great risk, but the insistence on putting them out was stronger. In these moments, hearts are one and bodies are united together for one goal as well, which is to protect lives and put out a fire that was ignited by the terrorism of the Assad regime and Russia by bombing the fuel market in Termanin, north of Idlib.
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • #Idlib, the northern countryside: 3 casualties as a result of shelling with Krassenpol laser shells by the artillery of the Assad regime forces in the vicinity of Termanin town, north of Idlib.
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Ariha Today)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Ariha Today)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Ariha Today)
  • Civilian martyrs and wounded in Russian artillery shelling targeting a fuel market in Idlib
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Destruction caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Destruction caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Destruction caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • White Helmets describe feeling helpless during a rescue mission following shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by @SunaUnique)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by @SunaUnique)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by @SunaUnique)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by @SunaUnique)
  • Media activists' coverage of the civil defense efforts to put out the fire as a result of the Russian occupation forces targeting the vicinity of the town of Dana in Idlib countryside, which led to the death of four civilians. (Image posted by @omarii49)
  • Media activists' coverage of the civil defense efforts to put out the fire as a result of the Russian occupation forces targeting the vicinity of the town of Dana in Idlib countryside, which led to the death of four civilians. (Image posted by @omarii49)
  • Media activists' coverage of the civil defense efforts to put out the fire as a result of the Russian occupation forces targeting the vicinity of the town of Dana in Idlib countryside, which led to the death of four civilians. (Image posted by @omarii49)
  • Media activists' coverage of the civil defense efforts to put out the fire as a result of the Russian occupation forces targeting the vicinity of the town of Dana in Idlib countryside, which led to the death of four civilians. (Image posted by @omarii49)
  • Damage caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by North Press Agency)
  • Damage caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by North Press Agency)
  • Damage caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by North Press Agency)
  • Damage caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by North Press Agency)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Tarmanin media center via Facebook)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Tarmanin media center via Facebook)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Tarmanin media center via Facebook)
  • Damage and fires caused by shelling of a fuel market near Tarmanin on February 16, 2022. (Image posted by Tarmanin media center via Facebook)

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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (52) [ collapse]