Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS150

Incident date

November 15, 2015

Location

مَعَرَّة النُّعْمَان, Maarat al Numan, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.647038, 36.679174 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

News media reported that three or four children were killed – and more than 20 injured in Russian warplanes allegedly struck the Abu Alaa Al Ma’ari Elementary School for Boys in Ma’art Al-Nu’man. One video appears to show Russian aircraft over the city that day.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the warplanes struck during school hours in the morning, when hundreds of pupils were present. Both SN4HR and The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at three. The Observatory also reported that no less than 15 non-combatants were injured and that the death toll was predicted to rise.

SN4HR put the number of injured even higher at least 20 and said many were students. One witness told Baladi News: “We’re at a school here. Russian planes came and bombed. Three kids in 10th grade were killed, and there are many cases of severed limbs.  Putin, Bashar what have these kids done to you?“

The VDC named three victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Qosai Mahmoud Fatouh Child male aged 12 years killed
  • Tahseen Yehya al-Sabouh Child male aged 15 years killed
  • Tahseen Yehya al-Sabouh Child male aged 14 years killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (3–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Almarra today report: "Abu Ala'a Middle School was bombed today by a Russian Airplane which killed three students and wounded more".
  • Voiceover: "My camera documents alleged targeting by Russian aviation of a children's school in the city of Ma'rat al-Nu'man in rural Idlib"
  • Al Jazeera TV reported that three children were killed and five injured in an alleged Russian air strike on a school in the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'man in the countryside of Idlib
  • Maarah Media Center - Monitoring Russian military aircraft in the sky of Maarat al-Nu'man city
  • The Syrian Civil Defense Idlib - 2015.11.15 The moment the bodies of the children were recovered in the school of Abi Alaa al-Maari in the city of Maarat al-Nu'man
  • Photo of the victim Qussai Fattouh
  • Photo of the victim Tahseen al Sabbouh

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 published no details of its Syria airstrikes for the period November 13th-16th 2015 inclusive.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (3–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]