Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4457

Incident date

August 13, 2022

Location

معارة النعسان,, Maret Al Nassan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A seven-year old boy, Mohammed Abdel Kafi, also referred to as Zain Abdul Kafi Al-Masli, was injured by a shrapnel from artillery fire while playing next to his home in Ma’arat Al Nassan, east of Idlib on August 13th 2022. According to @hafeztaraman, the incident occured in the evening before the Maghrib call to prayer.

The injury was the result of heavy machine gun fire. Local media @ZaitunAgency reported in total 23 bursts.

The Syrian Civil Defense suggested in a Facebook post that “forces of the [Syrian] regime and Russia” are responsible for the attack. However, most tweets about the event blame pro-Assad forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammed Abdel Kafi, also referred to as Zain Abdul Kafi Al-Masli 7 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Mohammed Abdel Kafi, also referred to as Zain Abdul Kafi Al-Masli, injured by a contested Russian or Syrian regime artillery fire (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • "A child was injured as a result of regime forces targeting with heavy artillery the town of Maarat al-Naasan in Idlib countryside" (@IdlibPlus / Twitter)
  • Mohammed Abdel Kafi, also referred to as Zain Abdul Kafi Al-Masli, injured by a contested Russian or Syrian regime artillery fire (Image via @Almohrar1 / Twitter)

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