Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2200

Incident date

April 29, 2017

Location

كفرزيتا , Kafr Zita, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.3747033, 36.5923691 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to nine civilians including eight members of the civil defense died in alleged Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes in an “unprecedented bombing campaign” on Kafr Zita, according to local media.

Eight of the victims were killed in a strike on a civil defense shelter, including Hassan Hammoud Arfat, a paramedic and Ahmad Nayef al Hussein, a media activist. A number of civilians were wounded.

Activists in the city called it an “unprecedented bombing campaign”, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing all day. As well as the Civil Defense Centre, mosques and residential neighborhoods were strucknwith cluster bombs and high-explosive rockets.

The city’s hospital was struck again for the second consecutive day. Sources told Smart News Agency that the radiation and emergency centers were destroyed, putting the hospital out of service permanently.

Medical staff were injured including Mazen Al-A’raj, the hospital’s administrative director and brother of one of those killed.

The hospital’s Director of Information claimed the Russian warplanes belonged to Hmeimim air base.

A military source told Al Khaleej that the airstrikes were retaliation for the large losses the regime and its supporters suffered in previous weeks.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the hospital in Kafr Zita, April 29th 2017 (via Baladi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the hospital in Kafr Zita, April 29th 2017 (via Baladi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the hospital in Kafr Zita, April 29th 2017 (via Baladi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on the hospital in Kafr Zita, April 29th 2017 (via Baladi)
  • Members of the White Helmets killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Karf Zita, April 29th 2017 (via Aksalser )
  • Translation: 'Russian Air Force bombed the Civil Defense Center in Kfar Zeita, in the countryside of Hama and killed 8 volunteers. Russia carried out a systematic and intensive bombing campaign against hospitals and civil defense.'
  • Translation: 'Hospital # Kafrzita countryside# Hama was completely destroyed after being targeted for the second day in a row by Russian aviation.'
  • 'Ahmad Nayef al Hussein, media activist, from al Zakat village in Hama governorate northern suburbs, killed in Syrian-Russian alliance warplanes missiles fired on Kafr Zita in Hama governorate northern suburbs, April 29, 2017.' (via SN4HR)
  • 'Hasan Hamoud Arafat, born in 1988, ambulance driver from Kafr Zita city in Hama governorate northern suburbs, killed in Syrian-Russian alliance warplanes missiles fired on the vicinity of Center 107 of the Civil Defense in Kafr Zita city as he was heading with the emergency teams to evacuate victims of earlier shelling on the center, April 29, 2017.' (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Kafr Zita, April 29th (via Step)

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
    7 – 9
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]