Around midnight between Sunday July 9th and Monday July 10th 2023, the residential neighborhood of Jisr al-Shughour in west Idlib was reportedly shelled by Syrian regime and/or Russian forces, resulting in the injury of two civilians, father and his daughter. It is unclear if the female victim is a child or an adult woman.
Adel Hijazi and his daughter Yasmine Hijazi were slightly injured as they sat in their living room when shrapnel penetrated the walls of their house. They were both treated and Adel was taken to hospital by the Syrian Civil Defence. According to the Syrian Civil Defence, a family was evacuated from a house near the point of impact and the affected area was secured. Civilian homes and cars were damaged and destroyed in this dense residential area.
Some sources, including the Syrian Civil Defence, identified the belligerents as Syrian regime and Russian forces. Al-Jazeera and a few other sources, including Orient News, identified regime forces as the only belligerents. The local news site Zaman al-Wasl identified the belligerents as regime forces and Iranian militias stationed in “Jourin” camp. @mzmgr941 reported 6 Russian and 2 coalition reconnaissance planes in the sky that night.
One tweet from Adnan Jawish claimed some of the injuries were “serious cases” while others described the injuries as mild.
Zaman al-Wasl identified the location of the shelling as the northern neighborhood, and the “Soma’a” roundabout in the center of the city of Jisr al-Shughour.
The Syrian Civil Defence and Radio Al Kul both reported a third man who “swallowed his tongue out of fear”. However, it was not clear what was meant by this and he was not reported as injured.
The son of the injured father, also called Adel, described the way smoke, dust and screams had filled the living room where he and his family were sitting when the bomb hit. He also described how the family’s birds were silent the next morning, when they normally sing. He concluded by saying “but life began to go on, and we continue our lives and live the hope that the bombing stops and the life of instability ends one day.”
The incident occured around midnight.
- Adel Hijazi Age unknown male injured
- Yasmine Hijazi Age unknown female injured