Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2170

Incident date

April 26, 2019

Location

بسنقول, Bsanqoul, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.806667, 36.496667 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least nine civilians were killed in an airstrike in Bsanqoul, according to local media sources – though it was not clear whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible.

Al Jazeera, who placed the death toll at nine, attributed responsibility to Russian forces. They reported that the strike killed “leader of the movement Ahrar Sham and his family in the bombing of the explosive barrel”. However, explosive barrels were known to be used by the Assad regime.

A medical facility was also reported to have been put out of service by the strikes, according to Orient News’ Anas Tracy. The civilian casualties, which Orient News placed at 10 dead and a number of others wounded, was reported to have been heavily made up of women and children.

Local activists who spoke to Smart News said that the dead were all from one family, including two women and four children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented “the death of at least eight citizens of one family – they are a man and three of his children, his brother’s wife and three of her children. They were killed in the raids that were carried out by warplanes believed to be Russian after midnight of yesterday”.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 10
  • (6 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–9
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Some of the civilian casualties from an airstrike in Bsanqoul on 26th April 2017. (Via: Orient News)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike in Bsanqoul on 26th April 2017. (Via: Orient News)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike in Bsanqoul on 26th April 2017. (Via: Orient News)
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    The aftermath of an airstrike in Bsanqoul on 26th April 2017. (Via: Orient News)

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 – 10
  • (6 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–9
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]