Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4495

Incident date

December 2, 2022

Location

اليونيسية, Obin (Al Younisiya), Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians, including a child, were killed and up to seven others, including a woman and a child, were injured by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime guided missile strikes on the village of Obin (Al Younisiya) on December 2, 2022.

The @SyriaCivilDefe reported that three civilians from the same family including a child were killed and five others including a woman and a child were injured by a bombing carried out by Syrian regime and/or Russian forces. The bombing struck a home inhabited by displaced person in the village of Obin (Al Younisiya) and the Civil Defense volunteers took the injured to the hospital to receive treatment.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported a similar casualty count of three civilians killed, including a 15 year old child, and others wounded. Baladi News put the number of civilians killed at three as well and provided their names as Muhammad Al-Aloush, Mahmoud Al-Aloush, and Hamza Al-Aloush (15 years old) and identified six others as being injured, some of them seriously. The Syrian Human Rights Committee put the injury count at seven and added that the dead and injured were displaced from the village of Um al-Khalakhil, in the countryside of Maarat al-Numan, south of Idlib.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the bombing, with Syrian Human Rights Committee attributing the attack to the Syrian regime while others like Baladi News referred only to the Syrian regime and the “militias supporting it” or the Syrian regime and Russian forces (Syrian Civil Defense). The Syrian Civil Defense identified guided heat missiles as being used in the attack while Baladi News referred to them as anti-tank guided missiles.

Multiple sources pointed out that the village of Obin is located close to the frontlines of regime forces in the northern countryside of Latakia.

The incident occured around midday.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Muhammad Al-Aloush male killed
  • Mahmoud Al-Aloush male Son of Muhammad Al-Aloush killed
  • Hamza Al-Aloush 15 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Strike target
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–7
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Civil Defense volunteer help civilians injured by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime strikes on the village of Obin (Al-Yunsiya) on December 2, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense via Twitter)
  • Civil Defense volunteer help civilians injured by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime strikes on the village of Obin (Al-Yunsiya) on December 2, 2022. (Image posted by Omar Talawi via Facebook)
  • Muhammad Muhammad Al-Aloush Abu Aloush, killed by alleged Russian or Syrian regime missile strikes on the village of Obin on December 2, 2022. (Image posted by The Supreme Council of the Bouassi clan, the Bakara tribe via Facebook)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime strikes on the village of Obin (Al-Yunsiya) on December 2, 2022. (Image posted by ANews Arabic via Facebook)
  • urgent | The death toll from the regime’s targeting of a house in the village of Obin in the western countryside of Idlib has risen to 3, and others have been injured (@HalabTodayTV)
  • Civil Defense volunteer help civilians injured by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime strikes on the village of Obin (Al-Yunsiya) on December 2, 2022. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)
  • "Today, Friday, three civilians from the same family, including a child, were killed, and five others were injured, as a result of the Syrian regime forces targeting with a guided missile, a house inhabited by displaced people in the village of #Obin (#Al-Yunsiyah) in the countryside of #Badama, west of #Idlib Governorate, northwestern #Syria" (@AsharqNewsSYR)

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Strike target
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–7
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (30) [ collapse]