Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1246

Incident date

September 10, 2016

Location

إدلب, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.93062, 36.63393 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian casualty incident, up to 65 civilians (of which 52 were named) including at least 10 children and 11 women from multiple families died and as many as 100 more were injured in airstrikes on Idlib city, which reportedly centred on a popular vegetable market in the city. The majority of reports blamed Russia, though there were allegations against the Syrian regime – with other sources stating that it was unclear whether the Syrian regime or Moscow were responsible.

Sources published disturbing images of the aftermath of the attack, which led to widespread destruction. There were numerous reports of body parts having been dispersed in the location of the strike, along with references to multiple “body bags”.

The lowest death count was given at 48 civilians by Insaan Rights Watch. According to Sky News Arabic “Russian warplanes shelled in a market in Idlib killing dozens and wounding dozens more. Medical sources say they have counted 25 bodies including women and children ”

Enab Baladi at some more details, reporting that “nine teams of the civil defense were called to Idlib, in addition to the Red Cross. They were able to count 65 bodies along with12 bags of body parts. The teams continued to attempt to rescue people trapped under the rubble.”

Syrian Press Center was among sources that said people had limbs amputated and were “severely burned” in the fire caused by the warplanes.

Other sources blaming Russia included Orient, Jisrtv, Islam Memo and LCCSY.

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian warplanes targeted the vegetable market during peak hours when hundreds of civilians had gathered to make their purchases ahead of Eid. Missiles targeted civilian homes and shops, resulting in massive destruction to buildings and shops and cars in the market.”

According to the source, the death toll from the massacre reached 63 martyrs, including 16 children and 14 women, plus 12 missing people, including eight children who are considered dead. Additionally, some 70 civilians were wounded, filling hospitals in the city and its countryside”.

However, the source KWdeirwaza – who put the death toll at 60 including 22 children – attributed the event to regime jets. A number of other sources didn’t apportion blame.

Omar_madaniah, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “Rami Abdur-Rahman, the director of the Syrian observatory, says the warplanes could not be identified in order to keep Russia away from being accused.”

Jabal ALzaweya listed the following civilian fatalities and names of some of the missing. In addition the source reported six other unidentified bodies found, including three children, twelve body bags of body-parts and 100 wounded.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Amer Naf’e Ghafir Age unknown killed
  • Noor Aldeen Abdul-Kader Ghafir Age unknown killed

Family members (2)

  • Hisham Ali Wahob Age unknown killed
  • Adnan Mohammed Wahob Age unknown killed

Family members (4)

  • Sidra A’afara Child female killed
  • Abdulkarim A’afara Child killed
  • Mohammed A’afara Child male killed
  • Sahar Wahid A’afara Adult female killed

Family members (4)

  • Hasan Mish’hel Hawwa Age unknown male killed
  • Su’ad Hawwa (wife of Hasan Mish’hel Hawwa) Age unknown female killed
  • Mish’hel Hawwa Age unknown female killed
  • Musa Hawwa Age unknown killed

Family members (2)

  • Samer Hamdoon Age unknown From Binnish killed
  • Mother of Samer Hamdoon Adult female From Binnish killed

Family members (2)

  • Ahmad Mahmood Aswad (Shikh Yousef) Age unknown male killed
  • Hamdi Reyad Aswad Age unknown killed

Family members (2)

  • Samer Subhi Hamdoun Child killed
  • Sabhi Hamdoun killed

Family members (2)

  • Khaled Bitar Age unknown missing
  • Mahmood Bitar Age unknown male missing

Family members (3)

  • Shaza Abid Child female missing
  • Mohammed Kadro Abid Child missing
  • Zizik Abid Child missing
  • Ahmad Malnadi Age unknown male killed
  • Raed Ahmad Ghassan Abed Age unknown killed
  • Thuraya Ibrahim Aswad Child female killed
  • Hussam Khaled Shikhouni Age unknown killed
  • Kamal Mohammed Shameya Age unknown male killed
  • Mustafa Abdul-Kader Hijazi Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Khaled Haser Child male killed
  • Ali Mo’adal Age unknown male killed
  • Mufid Sawwan Age unknown killed
  • Abdul-Karim Zidani Age unknown male killed
  • Sana’a Malani Child female killed
  • Ahmad Ali Men Age unknown male killed
  • Huda Salim Child female killed
  • Mustafa Mukahal Age unknown male killed
  • U’la Jbara Age unknown female killed
  • Khulud Haj Sattuf Age unknown female killed
  • Samar Al-Basha Age unknown female killed
  • Ghalya Zidani Age unknown killed
  • Alya’a Saleem Age unknown female killed
  • Abdullah Shamiya Age unknown male killed
  • Ibrahim Saleem Age unknown male killed
  • Qamar Abdullah Hamrosh Age unknown female killed
  • Bassam Ghumeid Child killed
  • Hayfa’a Malandi Age unknown female killed
  • Fatin Hallak Age unknown female killed
  • Mayada Hallak Age unknown killed
  • Hala Akdah, daughter of Fatin Age unknown female killed
  • Ibrahim Khasara Age unknown male killed
  • Ibrahim Raji Zidani Age unknown male killed
  • Rajaa Najjar Age unknown killed
  • Abdo Mukahal Child missing
  • Noor Hajjar Child missing
  • Wasim Ghafir Child missing
  • Zahra Zahra Child female missing
  • Mohammed Ayman Aswad Age unknown male missing
  • Mohammed Fawzi Bzara Age unknown male missing
  • Raghda Mohammed Salim Child missing

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    52 – 65
  • (10–22 children11–14 women14–16 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • 'The children Seydra, Mohammad, & Abdul Karim Afara died in alleged Russian warplanes missiles fired on Vegetables market in Idlib city, September 10, 2016.' (via SN4HR)
  • A man runs down a street in Idlib with a civilian child in his arms - the aftermath of suspected Russian shelling on the city (via Enab Baladi)
  • Local people survey the scene whilst a digger works through the rubble in Idlib city - the impact of suspected warplane shelling (via KWdeirwaza)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    A little girl wounded in Idlib city following suspected Russian strikes (Tweet via @1963Mhmd) [Page no longer available accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A dismembered human hand is held up to signify the human cost of alleged Russian strikes on Idlib city (Tweet via @Gulfshield1)
  • Local people prepare for Eid al-Adha amongst the rubble in Idlib city (Tweet via @ AnmedAlrihawi)
  • Footage of Idlib city following the mass civilian casualty incident allegedly caused by Russian warplane shelling (Youtube via Jisirtv)
  • An elderly woman is carried down the street by a member of The White Helmets whilst a blaze rages behind - the aftermath of suspected Russian strikes on Idlib city (via Jisirtv news)
  • The White Helmets rescue civilians from the rubble in Idlib city following suspected Russian warplane shelling (via Islam Memo)
  • A close up of debris and destruction on the streets of Idlib city following suspected Russian warplane shelling (Tweet via @QabiQalel)
  • Local people stand around a burnt out vehicle in Idlib city - the results of alleged Russian warplane shelling (Tweet via @Almogaz)
  • The baby Samer Subhi Hamdoun allegedly died in Russian warplane shelling at the vegetable market in Idlib city (via SN4HR)
  • Body parts of the victims of suspected Russian warplane shelling on Idlib city (via SN4HR)
  • The vicitms of alleged Russian massacre line the streets of Idlib city (via SN4HR)
  • The impact of a mass civilian casualty event - body bags line the streets of Idlib, the source alleged Russia culprit (via SN4HR)
  • SN4HR report entitled: ‘no less than 49 massacres in September 2016 including 46 at the hands of the russian and Syrian regimes’ - details the events in Idlib on Saturday September 10th (PDF via SN4HR) [Arabic]

  • SN4HR report entitled: ‘no less than 49 massacres in September 2016 including 46 at the hands of the russian and Syrian regimes’ - details the events in Idlib on Saturday September 10th (PDF via SN4HR) [English]

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 has not reported any strikes between September 1st – 30th 2016.

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
    52 – 65
  • (10–22 children11–14 women14–16 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]