Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS026

Incident date

October 7, 2015

Location

بابيلا, Babilla, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.699785, 36.72952 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A father and his three children were among those reported killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Babilla, along with four other children, three of whom were named by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

Eyewitness Moustafa Ghareeb told the Syrian Network: “The Russian shelling occurred 7 kilometres away from Marat Al Nu’man, at Babilla crossroads on the international road between Damascus and Aleppo. I rushed to the shelling site and saw the destruction in the pickles factory which was greatly damaged. A number of employees were injured and others were killed. Also, I heard about the death of a family that was crossing the international road at the moment of the shelling.”

The attacks were part of a massive reported Russian bombardment across two governorates. Speaking with Al Aan, rebel spokesman Mahmoud Al Hamoui said: “Since this morning we have seen an incredible number of strikes on the northern countryside of Hama, more than a 100 missile fired in less than 15 minutes and in total we have seen more than 300 missiles fired on the northern countryside of Hama until now. The Russians have carried out more than 20 raids on the towns of Latamna, Kafr Zita and Kafr Nboudi, and while these raids are taking place ground forces have tried to get through the Hama countryside from more than ten fronts where the Russian and regime militias fought the rebels. More than 100 regime and allied forces were killed and 20 vehicles destroyed.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ammar Ibrahim Hajj Ibrahim Child male named in SN4HR report dated November 2nd 2015 killed
  • Salah Jomaa Al Deiri Child male named in SN4HR report dated November 2nd 2015 killed
  • Madhi Bin Hassan Dergham Child male named in SN4HR report dated November 2nd 2015 killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (4–7 children1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Tweet reports alleged Russian raids on the town of Babilla in the northern Maarat al Numan countryside, Idlib, 7th October 2015. (via mashrou' shahid)
  • News bulletin reporting that at least four civilians were killed and 5 were injured in the raids by "Russian fighter jets" on the town of Babilla, 7th October 2015. (via, al Aan TV)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia made no reference to any airstrikes in Hama governorate in its report for October 7th 2015.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (4–7 children1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]