Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4532

Incident date

July 14, 2023

Location

سرمين, Sarmin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

On the morning of Friday, July 14th 2023, at least one civilian, a woman, was injured and a fire broke out in a disused poultry farm when Russian and/or Syrian regime forces allegedly shelled the residential neighborhoods and outskirts of the town of Sarmin, south-east of Idlib, with heavy artillery fire. The injured woman was treated and taken to hospital by the Syrian Civil Defence, the fires were put out and the area secured.

@Najdat567 claimed that the shelling led to several injuries and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a man and a woman were injured and taken to hospital as a result of the shelling. The Syrian Civil Defence, amongst other sources, claimed that just one woman was injured and that the SCD “made sure that there were no other civilian casualties.”

Baladi News reported that the fire took place in a residential house in Sarmin while the Syrian Civil Defence posted pictures of the fire in the disused poultry farm.

Baladi News also reported that the shelling coincided with the flight of a number of Russian reconnaissance planes, Syrian regime and Iranian forces over the bombed areas.

Idleb Online claimed that the shelling was against militants’ locations and movements along the road between the towns of Sarmin and Nayrab as well as the village of Afes, east of Idlib.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Civil Defense volunteers responded to alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers responded to alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers responded to alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers responded to alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @idleb_online)
  • Al-Assad gangs stationed at the surrounding checkpoints shelled with heavy artillery and launchers the vicinity of the town of Sarmin, east of Idlib, which led to several injuries
  • Alleged Russian or Syrian regime shelling of Sarmin on July 14, 2023. (Image posted by @hadikhraat)

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 infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]