Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2153

Incident date

April 21, 2017

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians were killed, and others were wounded – including a child – following an air and artillery strike in Douma, according to local sources. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame for the raids. Some sources blamed Russia, while most blamed the Syrian regime. The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the “Russian-Syrian alliance”.

In a video which was initially published by the White Helmets and republished by Douma coordination, members of the White Helmets rescued an injured man. The rescue party is then struck by another raid. One member of the team is seen holding a child.

Additionally, one source claims that the civil defence teams were specifically targeted by the warplanes.

A child was pictured as wounded in the strike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

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    Members of the civil defence go to rescue a wounded man and encounter another airstrike. One man can be seen holding a child. Douma, 21st April 2017. (via Douma coordination)
  • A news bulletin reporting on Russian airstrikes in Douma, 21st April 2017. (via Jisir)
  • Members of the civil defence rescuing a wounded civilian in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. Douma, 21st April 2017. (via Halabtoday)
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    Members of the civil defence rescuing a wounded civilian in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. Douma, 21st 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 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
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (10) [ collapse]