Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2014

Incident date

March 22–23, 2017

Location

حلفايا, Halfaya , Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.261787, 36.606151 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Five named civilians were reportedly killed and several other civilians were wounded in alleged strikes by Russian or regime warplanes on Halfaya, Hama, on March 22nd or 23rd, local sources reported.

The road between al-Majdal and Halfaya village in Hama was reportedly struck by both air and artillery bombardment on either March 22nd or 23rd. Most sources reported that the attack took place the 23rd but several said that it occurred the 22nd.

Sources reported that “hundreds” of raids struckthe area, causing a “massacre” which struck a displaced family including women and children.

While sources reported that between two and four civilians were killed, a total of five named victims, four men and one girl, were named across different sources. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights two women were among those killed.

Most sources attributed blame to Russian warplanes, while several pointed to either the Assad regime or a joint “Syrian-Russian alliance”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Alaa Mohammed Al-Jahdou Adult male killed
  • Abdul Rahman Age unknown male Brother of Alaa Mohammed Al-Jahdou killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child1–2 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Alaa Mohammed Al-Jahdou - or his brother Abdul Rahman - both who reportedly were killed in the contested airstrikes on Halfaya, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Shhda halafaya)
  • Abdul Rahman - or his brother Alaa Mohammed Al-Jahdou - both who reportedly were killed in the contested airstrikes on Halfaya, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Halfaya Post)
  • Alaa Mohammed Al-Jahdou - or his brother Abdul Rahman - both who reportedly were killed in the contested airstrikes on Halfaya, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Halfaya Post)
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    Bilal Walid Al-Jamal was reportedly killed in the contested airstrikes on Halfway, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Halfaya Post)
  • The moment were the contested airstrikes hit Halfaya, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Belal Ghawiee)
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    Footage of the immediate aftermath in Halfway, Hama, after the city was being hit by contested airstrikes on March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Belal Ghawiee)
  • Victim of the contested airstrikes on the village of Halfaya, Hama, March 22nd or 23rd 2017 (via Bof-Sy News)

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
    5
  • (1 child1–2 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]