Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4479

Incident date

October 20, 2022

Location

معربليت, Ma’rblit, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, children, were injured by alleged Syrian regime or Russian artillery shelling of a vehicle in Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022.

The @SyriaCivilDefe reported that two children were injured by a guided missile launched by Russian and Syrian regime forces that struck a car of civilians working in olive picking in the village of Ma’rblit. The Syrian Network for Human Rights added that the missile caused extensive damage to the car.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also identified the children injured as 12-year-old Awad Muhammad al-Qassum and seven-year-old Muhanna Khaled Qassum, both of whom are from Kafr Batikh village. @anasanas84 specified that the two children were injured to varying degrees.

A tweet from @Jamil_Alhasaan identified “a family” as being injured without specifying how many family members. @Tareek2011T put the number of injuries from the artillery shelling at four civilians.

Sources were conflicted as to whether the Syrian regime was responsible alone or if Russia and the Syria regime were both involved in the shelling.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Awad Muhammad al-Qassum 12 years old injured
  • Muhanna Khaled Qassum 7 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Strike target
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • One of the children injured by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
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    One of the children injured by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Damage caused by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
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    One of the children injured by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Damage to a vehicle caused by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    One of the children injured by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @Tamer_Turkmane)
  • Damage to a vehicle caused by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
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    One of the children injured by artillery shelling on the village of Ma’rblit on October 20, 2022. (Image posted by @hafeztaraman)

Syrian Regime Assessment:

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

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Strike target
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]