Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2012

Incident date

March 22, 2017

Location

اريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.8141415, 36.6017972 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reported  wounded following an airstrike with a phosphorous bomb attack in Ariha, Idlib, according to local media sources – though it was unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible for the attack.

Smart News, who also reported the attack to be a phosphorous bomb attack, stated that “six more raids took place in the city, injuring three civilians and causing “significant damage” to buildings and property.”

Whilst the majority of sources reported that it was a “suspected Russian” attack, Orient News stated: “the regime’s aircraft carried out raids with incendiary phosphorus bombs.”

Syrian Network for Human Rights, who attributed responsibility for the event with Russian forces, reported that a missile was fired on the Post Office in Ariha.

It should be noted that not all sources referred to the phosphorous attack, some only mentioned airstrikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The Air Force carries out incursions with phosphorous bombs on Ariha in the countryside of Idlib."
  • Image of remnants of incendiary weapons used by suspected Russian warplanes targeting Ariha city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, March 22, 2017. (Via: SNHR)

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]