Between two to seven civilians were killed including one to three children and seven to 16 other civilians were wounded, in an alleged Russian airstrike destroying a house and a stone sawmill in Hafsarja in Idlib province on September 8th, 2022.
Al Khabour news reported the lowest number of civilians killed at two and the Syrian Civil Defense, Shaam News, and multiple other sources reported the highest death toll with seven civilians killed including between one to three children. Abdo Al-Tayfur Abu Lama and his two children Ahmed Al-Tayfur and Madyan Al-Tayfur were reportedly killed in the strikes. They were internally displaced persons from a village named Dana who were living in Idlib and the father worked at the sawmill. Hafsarja deaths also named Bilal Abdul Majid Staifi, a young adult as a victim of the airstrikes. Furthermore, Abdulkarim Khaled Awaida (Oweida) and Shahem Abdul Eid were also killed. Awaida was a child and Abdul Eid was either a young adult or a teenager. Additionally, the reports named Tayseer Mohammed Al-Daher as killed in the attack. @MMCSYR noted that the victims of the attack were workers ‘trying to survive and support their children’ and that it was a ‘massacre’. @omar_madaniah also posted a photo of a man holding a hand torn from the body of one of the victims after the strike.
The number of civilians wounded varied from seven injured according to @MMCSYR, 11 according to SNHR and 16 according to @fatina_sam98. Overall, the @SyrianCoalition confirmed that the toll was ‘indefinite’ and continuously rising.
The airstrike was allegedly undertaken by three to four Russian ‘fixed-wing warplanes’ who launched 11 to 16 consecutive air raids on a house and a stone sawmill as they took turns firing the missiles. These were reportedly ‘loaded with cluster bombs’ and the SOHR alleged that surface-to-surface missiles were used. Furthermore, Radio Al Kul news and SY-24 noted that vacuum missiles were simultaneously used in the attack. The air traffic observatory reported that four planes were seen taking off from the Russian Hmeimim base which then circled above Hafsarja, launching the attack. The debris and shrapnel resulting from the attack also hit an informal IDP camp located 200 metres away from the workshop causing mass damage to the infrastructure. The SNHR stressed that the attack by Russian forces violated the ceasefire agreement in place between Russia and Turkey which came into place on March 6th, 2020.
The incident seemed to take place during the day as the videos and photographs indicate. More specifically, ‘Observatory 80’ wrote to Enab Baladi informing them that two Su-24, Su-34, and Su-35 warplanes departed from the Russian air base at 10:22 in the morning to launch their attack. The location of the incident was in the west of Idlib city in the town of Hafsarja.
The incident occured during the day.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Abdo Al-Tayfur Abu Lama Adult male father of Ahmed and Madyan killed
- Ahmed Al-Tayfur Child male
- Madyan Al-Tayfur Child female
- Bilal Abdul Majid Staifi Age unknown male reportedly a young adult killed
- Abdulkarim Khaled waida Child male killed
- Shahem Abdul Eid Age unknown male reportedly either a young adult or a teenager killed
- Tayseer Mohammed Al-Daher Age unknown killed