Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1420

Incident date

October 9, 2016

Location

الغسانية, Al Ghassania, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.8142663, 36.2616084 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that aerial shelling in al-Ghassania, outside Idlib, killed one woman and injured 15 more civilians. While most sources attributed this civilian casualty event to Russia, there were also allegations against the Syrian regime.

According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “warplanes shelled  Al-Ghassania village in Idlib and killed a woman and wounded 15 others – six of them women. The number of martyrs is likely to rise due to critical injuries”.

The victim’s name and origin was identified by sources such as LCCSY who reported that “young lady Sarah Mgharbil was martyred due to the Russian airstrike on Ghasania village. The martyr is from Jablah city”.

Syria News Desk added that four children were among the injured.

The twitter account @Syrian191124 reported about the culprit’s use of cluster bombs as it tweeted “extensive Russian warplanes shelling with cluster bombs and missiles Ghasania (…)”

While most sources pointed to Russia as the culprit, UrgentLive blamed the Assad regime, while the Step News Agency said that both Assad and Russia were responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Sarah Mgharbil Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

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 October 1st – 19th 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
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]