Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1943

Incident date

March 4, 2017

Location

كفرنبل, Kafr Nabil, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.6155094, 36.5471898 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Referring to this incident as a “massacre”, multiple sources reported that Russian or Assad-waged warplanes struck the city of Kafr Nabil, Idlib, killing up to seven civilians largely from one family – wounding “dozens” more.

According to Orient News’s sources on the ground, “the Russian air force targeted the city of Kafr Nabil west of Maarat al-Nu’man with eight air raids, the heaviest of which were two in the middle of the night. These raids demolished civilian houses in the center of the town and killed seven martyrs and a wounded a number of other people”.

Multiple sources added that the warplanes had dropped the internationally-banned cluster bombs.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, five of the victims came from the same family, including one of the child and a woman. In total, eight victims were identified by name, seven of them were from the al-Bayoush family.

While almost all sources attributed blame to Russia, RFS Media Office, identified the Syrian regime as the culprit. In a chilling quote, the source said: “One of the pilots of the Assad regime vowed to burn the city of Kafarnubul, according to a clip broadcast on social networking sites”.

 

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (15)

  • Marwan Yahya al-Bayoush Age unknown male killed
  • Yamamah Anas al-Bayoush Child male killed
  • Amin Mustafa al-Bayoush Age unknown male killed
  • Amer al-Bayoush Age unknown male killed
  • Adnan Nidal al-Bayoush Child male killed
  • Yahya al-Bayoush Age unknown male killed
  • Amira Ali Adnan Al - Bayoush Child female killed
  • Ahmed Nazih al-Bayoush Age unknown male editor of news in Radio Fresh injured
  • Wife of Ali Adnan al-Bayoush Age unknown female injured
  • Mohammed al-Bayoush Age unknown male injured
  • Nidal al-Bayoush Age unknown male injured
  • Hala l-Bayoush Child female injured
  • Nidal Adnan Al-Bayoush Age unknown male injured
  • Mohammed Adnan Al-Bayoush Age unknown male injured
  • Ali Adnan Al-Bayoush Age unknown male injured

Family members (2)

  • Alaa Suad Age unknown male injured
  • Subaah Suad Age unknown female injured

Family members (2)

  • Ahmed Mansour Mansour Age unknown male injured
  • Moataz Nasr Al-Mansour Age unknown male injured
  • Ahmed al-Yusuf Age unknown male from Hyish killed
  • Jameel Al-Hassan Age unknown male correspondent of Radio Farsh injured
  • Ahmed Salloum Al-Zator Age unknown male injured
  • Nasser Bashar Al-Na'asan Age unknown male injured
  • Nadim Mohammed Salloum Age unknown male injured
  • Hamadou Mohammed Al-Khatib Age unknown male injured
  • Amin Mustafa Al-Qanbar. Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (1–2 children1 woman6 men)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Footage showing the massive destruction caused by the contested airstrikes struck Kafr Nabil, Idlib, on March 4 2017 (via Qasioun news Agency)
  • Victim buried under the rubble following the contested strikes targeting Kafr Nabil, Idlib, on March 4 2017 (via Orient News)
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    Victim buried under the rubble following the contested strikes targeting Kafr Nabil, Idlib, on March 4 2017 (via Orient News)
  • Footage of the immediate aftermath of the contested airstrikes struck Kafr Nabil, Idlib on March 4 2017, where civilians are rescuing victims from under the rubble (via Al Maara Media Center)
  • Victim buried under the rubble following the contested strikes on Kafr Nabil, Idlib, on March 4 2017 (via @belal00963)
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    Footage of the immediate aftermath of the contested airstrikes on Kafr Nabil, Idlib on March 4 2017, where civilians are rescuing victims from under the rubble ((via Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib Governorate)
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    Several civilians were buried under the rubble following the series of contested airstrikes on Kafr Nabil, Idlib, on March 4 2017 (via @Tiema2Tonit5359)
  • Photo of what is believed to be one of the victims, posted along with a list of the civilian fatalities following the contested airstrikes targeting Kafr Nabil, Idlib, March 4 2017 (via Alaa Al Bayoush)
  • Photo of what is believed to be one of the victims, posted along with a list of the civilian fatalities following the contested airstrikes targeting Kafr Nabil, Idlib, March 4 2017 (via Alaa Al Bayoush)
  • Photo of what is believed to be one of the victims, posted along with a list of the civilian fatalities following the contested airstrikes targeting Kafr Nabil, Idlib, March 4 2017 (via Alaa Al Bayoush)
  • Image of remnants of cluster munitions dropped by suspected Russian or Assad warplanes on al Wata area in the southern neighborhood in Kafr Nobbol city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs on March 5, 2017 (via SN4HR)

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 strikes between March 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
    4 – 7
  • (1–2 children1 woman6 men)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]