Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1007

Incident date

July 15, 2016

Location

أبو الظهور, Abu al Duhur, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.738466, 37.0479584 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Fourteen named civilians were killed as missiles were reportedly fired at residential buildings in Abu al Duhur town in Idlib. There is dispute over whether the attack was carried out by Russia or the Syrian regime, with Al Jazeera blaming both.

According to All4Syria News, it was Russian warplanes that struck the area, and eight civilians were killed as a result. Shahba News also blamed Russia. Edlib Media blamed the Assad regime for the airstrike.

Step News reported that nine people were killed in the strike and also commented that most of the civilians killed were displaced from South Aleppo.

Baladi News Network – also pointing at the regime – put the death toll still higher, at 10 – with 10 more people wounded. The Syrian Coalition put the numbers till higher at 13 killed.

According to Step News a small boy was killed and his brothers were seriously wounded. A local source claims that may were wounded.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “Warplanes carried out after midnight yesterday a raid on Ter’ei farms southeast of Khan Shekhoun city in the southern countryside of Idlib, while SOHR received information about the death of a child when warplanes bombed areas in the town of Abu al-Duhur in the eastern countryside of Idlib after midnight yesterday.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Bayan Ahmad Al Fawaz 7 years old killed
  • Mahmood Fawaz Al-Ghubeiri 30 years old male killed
  • Zeinab, wife of Fawaz Ghubeiri 65 years old female killed
  • Khawla, daughter of Fawaz Ghubeiri 30 years old female killed

Family members (2)

  • Hamida, wife of Abdul-Halim Khalaf 25 years old female killed
  • Hamza Abdul-Halim Al-Hussein 15 years old killed
  • Hamza Abdul-Halim Al-Dalish Age unknown killed
  • Hamza Abdulhakim Dibish 15 years old killed
  • Nour Ijsim Al-Umar Age unknown killed
  • Abu Alzuhur Age unknown male killed
  • Hussam Al Jassem Child killed
  • Abu Al Duhur Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14
  • (4–5 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • The Civil Defence team rescues civilians out the rubble following an airstrike on a residential area full of displaced peoples. 15th July 2016. (via, Baladi News)
  • The White Helmets work their way through the rubble in Abu al Duhur after alleged Russian warplane shelling (via All4Syria)
  • The wounded are treated by medics in Abu al Duhur, the consequences of alleged Russian shelling (Youtube by Opopop opopop)
  • A White Helmet describes the scene in Abu al Duhur whilst fellow members work through the rubble (Youtube via Edlib Media Centre)
  • The White Helmets help to bury the dead in Abu al Duhur - the source alleged "Assad planes" responsible. (Tweet by @ZakariaNassani)
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    One of the child civilians killed in suspected Russian attacks (Tweet by @Syriafree339) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Significant material destruction in Abu al Duhur after alleged Russian warplanes struck (Tweet by @Syriafree339) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • The White Helmets carry out a rescue mission in Abu al Duhur after suspected Russian shelling (Tweet by @baladinetwork)
  • Smoke clouds rise over Abu al Duhur, after missiles were reportedly fired at residential buildings (Tweet via @jisrtv)
  • The White Helmets search though the rubble in Abu al Duhur (via Qasioun)
  • The White Helmets help to bury the dead in Abu al Duhur - the aftermath of alleged Russian missiles (via Smart)
  • A White Helmets digs through the rubble and destruction in Abu al Duhur (via Smart)
  • The White Helmets provide aid in Abu al Duhur following alleged Russian missile attacks (via Smart)
  • Local people and the civil defense team congregate where alleged missiles struck Abu al Duhur (via Smart)
  • A member of The White Helmets carries a block of rubble at the scene of alleged missile strikes (via Smart)
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    An elderly civilian sits on the floor with a dead civilian child wrapped in blankets - GRAPHIC (via Smart)
  • The civil defense team use a digger to shift rubble following alleged missile strikes on residential buildings in Abu al Duhur (via Smart)
  • A group of White Helmet members amongst the destroyed buildings in Abu al Duhur (via Smart)
  • The White Helmets team work together to pull civilians from the rubble in Abu al Duhur (via Smart)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Unknown

On October 15th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation published a report which stated that, "Today, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu headed a military-scientific conference titled “Military and political results of operation held by the Russian Armed Forces in Syria and main strategic conclusions”. In his speech, the Minister of Defence stated that possibility of incidence of such military conflicts remained at the same level. “In these conditions Russia is to adequately respond potential threats,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu."

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14
  • (4–5 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (29) [ collapse]