Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2197

Incident date

April 28, 2017

Location

سرمين, Sarmin, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.904042, 36.726111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and up to 20 other civilians were injured in alleged Russian and Syrian missile strikes on the town of Sarmin, local media reported.

Sources on the ground reported two others were killed by land-to-land cluster bombs.

A total of three died and 10 were wounded as a result of Syrian ballistic missiles on the city, according to the Revolutionary Forces of Syria. They said the bombing came from a defense factory in the countryside of Aleppo, where Assad’s headquarters are allegedly based.

A rocket reportedly landed in the center of the city causing a large number of casualties and requiring several amputations according to local media.

According to Alsouria, “the city was hit later yesterday by raids by Russian warplanes, which caused the deaths and wounded.”

The Smart News Agency and the White Helmets noted that a woman also died, while the White Helmets added that three of its members were wounded.

A young infant was later pulled alive from the rubble (see image below).

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–20
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • A wounded man in the aftermath of an airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th 2017 (via Al Souria)
  • 'Image of an infant was recovered alive from under the rubbles in suspected Russian warplanes fired 2 missiles fired on Sarmin city in Idlib governorate northern suburbs on April 28, 2017.'
  • Destruction in Sarmin following an alleged Russian raid, April 28th 2017.
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)
  • Images published by the White Helmets showing the aftermath of airstrike on Sarmin, April 28th, in which members of the White Helmets were among up to 20 civilians wounded. A woman was also reportedly killed. (via White Helmets)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–20
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]