Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2019a

Incident date

March 25, 2017

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.440813, 36.6493607 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Up to eight civilians, including two children and two women, were killed and as many as 20 more were wounded in strikes allegedly carried out by either the Syrian regime or Russia in Khan Shakhoun, Idlib, local media reported.

Two airstrikes reportedly struck al-Shamali neighbourhood in Khan Shakhoun, killing up to eight civilians, including a family of five. Among the victims were two named children and women.

A civilian defence source told Zaman al-Wasl that “five civilians from one family were killed and others were wounded by air strikes with rocket-propelled grenades on the northern neighbourhood of Khan Shikhun.”

The strikes wounded at least two and as many as 20, local media said.

It is unclear who carried out the strikes, as sources pointed to both Russia and the Syrian regime.

It should be noted that this incident might have taken place on March 24th, as one single source, Smart News Agency, already on 24th reported about airstrikes killing nine civilians.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Abdul Razzaq Maarati Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Sadiq al-Maarati, Age unknown male killed
  • Jamal bin Abdul Razzaq Ma'arati Age unknown male killed
  • Dalal bint Abdul Razzaq al-Maarati Child female killed
  • Ahmad bin Walid al-Maarati Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (2 children2 women3–4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–20
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Ehab Ahmed Atok was reportedly killed by the contested airstrikes targeting Khan Shakhoun on March 25, 2017 (via Firas Al Sharoudi)
  • Ehab Ahmed Atok, who reportedly was killed by the contested airstrikes targeting Khan Shakhoun on March 25, 2017 (via Firas Al Sharoudi)

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
    8
  • (2 children2 women3–4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–20
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]