Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2074

Incident date

April 4, 2017

Location

سقبا, Saqba, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.519286, 36.382427 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to 18 civilians were killed, and between 12 and 50 were wounded, following an airstrike on Saqba. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame, some attributing blame to Russia, while others blamed the Syrian regime – though the majority of sources pointed to Russia.

Four rockets were allegedly fired at one residential building, according to Aladehye.

There was disparity as to how many women and children casualties there were in the raid. Smart news reported that two children and four women were killed. Rfsmediaoffice put the number of children killed as high as 13 – they also blamed Syrian regime for the raids.

Smart News later reported that the number of casualties had risen to 17, “mostly from the family, “Khamis”, including seven women, one pregnant, and three children. One of them is a baby.”

Syriahr was the last to report, and suggested 18 had been killed in the raid so far. 

According to Raialyoum News 165 people were injured in the past two days in Eastern Ghouta alone, dozens of them being from Saqba.

Similarly Egy news reported this was the second day in a row the vicinity was struck by warplanes. @RevolutionSyria also reported “more than 200 air raids in two days [on Saqba], leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded”.

More than one source suggested that the death toll would likely rise due to the severity of many of those wounded.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 18
  • (2–13 children4–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Moments after the raid. Wounded civilians can be seen being dragged from the rubble in the aftermath of the incident, Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Abo Ayman)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Shrc)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Eldorar)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Eldorar)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Rfsmediaoffice)
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    A child receives medical care in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Rfsmediaoffice)
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    A child receives medical care in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Rfsmediaoffice)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Rfsmediaoffice)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Saqba, 4th April 2017. (via Rfsmediaoffice)

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.

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
    9 – 18
  • (2–13 children4–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]