Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS191

Incident date

November 26, 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

Five adult male civilians were killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on the main street of Maarat Al Nu’man.

Orient News interviewed three witnesses to the attack (featured below). “The Russians carried out five raids killing around six people and injuring many. They were all civilian passers-by,” states a civil defence worker, while a resident complains “This is the main high street busy with people. There are no terrorists and no Daesh here.” A second resident notes: “Five killed! If Turkey brings down one of their planes, it’s not our fault. Here there is a school, people were killed and injured here.

Smart News alleged a ‘double tap’ strike, citing eyewitness Malek Sourani: “After the first raid we went to the place of the rocket to see whether we could help the injured – so some civilians and civil defence had gathered. The warplanes returned and repeated their attack which has led to the occurrence of a large number of martyrs and wounded.”

VDC has named five victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–20
  • 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

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Ayham Abdul Lateef Twaish (via VDC)
  • Ali Abdulrahman al Bedawi (via VDC)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al-Nu'man, Nov 26th (via SPC)
  • The aftermath of the airstrike on Ayham Abdul Lateef Twaish, Nov 26th (via maara media center)
  • A video: 'The cry of pain after a massacre in Maarat al-Nu'man in rural Idlib' (via SPC)

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 reports that “On November 23-26, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed 134 combat sorties engaging 449 objects in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Raqqah and Deir-ez-Zor provinces.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–20
  • 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