Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2069

Incident date

April 3, 2017

Location

سراقب, Saraqeb, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.859101, 35.797731 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians were killed – including an entire family of four people – and as many as seven other civilians were injured – including three children – in an airstrike which struck the residential neighbourhood of Saraqeb, according to local media. Sources all blamed Russian warplanes for the raid, though some, such as Smart News, didn’t identify the warplanes.

Most sources, including Syria Civil Defence and other local tweeters, reported that a mother and her three children were killed in the raid. They were named by ENN.

However, EdlibNN tweeted that two women and two children were killed. Additionally, Shamna put the death toll at five. 

Many of the wounded had serious injures, according to reportage, and a medical source from Serakib said “the number of people killed in the next few hours is increasing due to the seriousness of some of the wounded”. 

Media activist Leith al-Assi from Rural Idlib told the “News of Syria”, that the civil defence teams recovered three children who are still alive from the rubble.” The injured were taken to field hospitals by ambulance in and around the city. 

Halab Today TV specified that vacuum missiles were used to struck the vicinity. 

The incident occured at 9:22 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Just moments after the alleged Russian airstrike hit Saraqeb. Injured civilians can be seen being taken to hospital in an ambulance. 3rd April 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • Members of the Civil Defence rescue civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on Saraqeb, 3rd April 2017. (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Members of the Civil Defence rescue civilians from the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on Saraqeb, 3rd April 2017. (via Syrian Civil Defence)
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    An injured child in the aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on Saraqeb, 3rd April 2017. (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • An injured child is pulled from the rubble and taken to a medical facility in the aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on Saraqeb, 3rd April 2017. (via Idlib Media Centre)
  • Sham Hasan Tellawi, killed alongside her mother and two siblings in an alleged Russian raid which targeted Saraqeb, 3rd April 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 specific strikes between April 1st - 31st 2017.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]