Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS183

Incident date

November 21, 2015

Location

خان السبل, Khan Subul, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.754949, 36.756941 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least five civilians, including two women and two children, were killed in alleged Russian evening airstrikes that targeted Khan Subul.

Step TV later interviewed an eyewitness, an unnamed boy who notes: “A plane hit here and hit our neighbour’s home, so they were martyred. This is where it happened; it was Russian planes.”

The VDC (which blamed the deaths on unspecified ‘airstrikes’) has named the five of the victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the White Helmets rescuing victim of the strike on Khan Subul, Nov 21st (via Syrian Civil Defence in Idlib Governorate)
  • The aftermath of the alleged Russian airstrike on Khan Subul, Nov 21st (via step news)
  • Destruction following the airstrike on Khan Subul, Nov 21st (via Khan al Sabil facebook page)
  • The aftermath of the alleged Russian airstrike on Khan Subul, Nov 21st (via Khan al Sabil facebook page)

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 confirmed the following for November 21st-23rd 2015: “Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces have performed 141 combat sorties engaging 472 terrorist objects in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Raqqah, and Deir ez-Zor provinces.” Videos showed at least six separate targets in Idlib governorate struck by Russia.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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