Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1915

Incident date

February 21, 2017

Location

معرة مصرين, Maarat Misrin, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.012172, 36.6730499 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

As many as six civilians were killed – and dozens more were wounded – in an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat Misrin, local media reported. Most sources blamed Russia for the raids, however some others did not attribute blame while others pointed to the Syrian regime.

According to reports, three rockets – allegedly vacuum missiles – struck residential housing. Two sources, however, reported that Martyr Mohamad Bath Hospital was struck by the Syrian regime. 

Many sources reported that members of the Civil Defence were digging civilians out of the rubble, hours after the incident. Reportedly, there were many missing civilians, and many who were seriously injured in the attack. One source reported that many women and children were included amongst the wounded. Civilians were admitted to field hospitals.

Two of the civilians remained unidentified.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Fawwaz Saoud Age unknown injured
  • Raghad Saoud Age unknown injured
  • Bashar Saoud Age unknown transferred to Turkey injured
  • Aya Abd al Hakim al Qaim Age unknown transferred to Turkey injured
  • Saleh Kattab Age unknown killed
  • Obeida Ghafir Age unknown killed
  • Rima Haj Hamidi Age unknown killed
  • The wife of Abd al Hai Khalil Adult female killed
  • Mohammad Hikmat Mou’arrak Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–24
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

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    Moments after an alleged airstrike on Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via Saeed Al-Asi)
  • The exact moment an alleged airstrike targeted Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged airstrike targeted Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged airstrike targeted Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of an alleged airstrike targeted Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
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    Civilians bodies being pulled from the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged airstrike which targeted Maarat Misrin, 21st Feb 2017. (via All4Syria)

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 January 1st – 31st 2017.

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
    5 – 6
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–24
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]