Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2020

Incident date

March 24, 2017

Location

ادلب, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.9266201, 36.6180588 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

As many as 16 civilians, most of them women and one child, were killed and up to 24 were left wounded, when alleged Assad or Russian airstrikes struck a women’s prison in Idlib, local media reported.

The attack against the prison, run by the Executive Force of the Syrian Opposition, resulted in at least seven fatalities – though most sources said there’d been”at least 16 victims”. Out of these, up to 11 were reportedly women. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a child also died.

Additionally, another two prison guards were said to be among the victims. Two male victims were identified by name, and are likely to be the names of the prison guards.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that some of the victims were killed by the Executive Force as they were trying to escape the prison.

The Shaam News Network, who blamed Russia for the strikes, said that the warplanes had launched C8 missiles.

While the majority of sources attributed blame to Russia, Zaıtonmag reported that both “Russian and Syrian warplanes launched several raids on several towns and cities in Idlib.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 16
  • (1 child10–11 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Ali Mohamed Fares was reportedly among the victims following the airstrikes on the women's prison in Idlib on March 24, 2017 (via Idlib City Martyrs)

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
    7 – 16
  • (1 child10–11 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]