Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1545

Incident date

November 8, 2016

Location

معربو, Ma'arbo, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

32.546305, 36.426244 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian casualty incident, between ten and 18 civilians were killed, including 13 children, and up to 40 more people were injured by air and/or artillery strikes targeting the town of Ma’arbo in the southern countryside of Idlib, according to local media.

Activist Ayman al-Hussein told ARA News that “at least ten civilians from one family were killed in aerial and missile bombardment by Syrian regime forced stationed at the Bridej checkpoint in the northern Hama.”

In addition to the human cost, media activists alleged that the missiles were aimed directly at the houses in the village and destroyed many civilian homes. Following the attack, Syrian Civil Defence were at the scene digging victims from the rubble in order to transport the injured to the closest field hospital in the neighbouring village of Tirmala.

Very graphic images posted by @SyriaCivilDefe and @radwanalbash showed children that had been crushed by the rubble and brutally injured from the airstrike.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, witnesses were unable to determine if the warplanes belonged to the Syrian regime or Russia. However, some local sources were able to attribute blame to either the regime of Russia, with @rola1khatib identifying Syrian regime planes as responsible and @almasar_online blaming Russian planes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 18
  • (13 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–40
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
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    The body of a child under the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Ma'arbo, 8th November 2016. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • The body of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Ma'arbo, 8th November 2016. (via @radwanalbash)
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    The body of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Ma'arbo, 8th November 2016. (via @radwanalbash)
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    The body of a civilian casualty with exposed organs in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Ma'arbo, 8th November 2016. (via @radwanalbash)
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    The body of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Ma'arbo, 8th November 2016. (via @radwanalbash)

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 specific strikes between November 1st – 30th 2016.

On 6 January 2017, Russia, however, reported: “Since November 8, 2016, the aircraft carrier group of the Northern Fleet consisting of the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the large ASW ship Severomorsk, as well as auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet, has been fulfilling counterterrorist missions on the territory of Syria”, adding that ”in the course of two months of their participation in the combat actions, naval aviation pilots have carried out 420 combat sorties, 117 of them were night ones”.

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
    10 – 18
  • (13 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–40
  • 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

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