Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1891

Incident date

February 13, 2017

Location

طريق السد, Al Sadd street, Dara'a, Syria

Geolocation

32.61119, 36.115947 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between three and 10 civilians, including two to three women and three to five children, were killed and at least 12 others were injured in alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrikes against the neighborhood of Al Sadd street in Dara’a, according to sources on the ground.

Most of the victims of the airstrikes were from the same family. At the time that it was reported that seven civilians were killed, Syria News Desk pointed out that the civil defense teams were still searching through the rubble for more survivors or victims.

The majority of local sources, including Step News Agency and the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, reported that Russia was responsible for carrying out the airstrikes against Al Sadd street.

However, conflicting reports by @ibraheem890 and All4Syria blamed regime planes for launching the airstrikes.

Other sources, including Sky Arabic, only identified that Russian and regime planes carried out airstrikes in Dara’a without specifically reporting which had struck Al Sadd.

According to @Omar_Madaniah, the airstrikes were a revenge attack in response to a recent loss by regime forces in Dara’a and were part of an accelerated bombardment that had not been seen at such a level since early 2016.

Multiple sources reported that Al Sadd was under the control of rebels at the time and residential buildings were struck by the raids. Following the attack, local officials in Dara’a announced that they would close schools due to safety concerns.

The incident occured at approximately 12:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (9)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 10
  • (3–5 children2–3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]

Media
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    Image of a child killed in airstrikes against Al Sadd street neighborhood - Feb. 13, 2017 (via @Mohamadabzed)
  • Images of the damage to buildings caused by airstrikes in Al Sadd - Feb. 13, 2017 (via Dara'a Martyrs)
  • Images of the damage to buildings caused by airstrikes in Al Sadd - Feb. 13, 2017 (via Dara'a Martyrs)
  • Images of the damage to buildings caused by airstrikes in Al Sadd - Feb. 13, 2017 (via Dara'a Martyrs)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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
    3 – 10
  • (3–5 children2–3 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]