Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2212

Incident date

May 3, 2017

Location

دركوش, Darkoush, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.9916361, 36.3938856 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

One girl was killed and up to 24 other civilians were wounded following an incident in a camp for displaced people in Darkoush, Idlib, that was possibly caused by a Russian drone, local media reported.

Several sources reported the death of a nine-year-old girl while the number of wounded varied between five and 24. Moreover, hundreds of tents were set on fire and many were left homeless, local media said.

The incident took place in the so-called ‘Aleppo 1 Camp’, west of Darkoush, Idlib, near the Turkish border.

While most sources pointed to an unidentified unmanned aircraft, one source, Orient News, reported that a fire broke out in the camp, causing a plane to crash, which only increased the fire.

Syria News Desk likewise reported that the head of the Al-Bunyan camp, Abdul Jabbar Khalil, told the media that “a gas jar exploded in one of the camps for displaced persons near the city of Drakoush on the border with Turkey known as ‘Aleppo 1 Camp’ – and a huge fire broke out”.

However, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “cross-sources confirmed that the fire broke out due to bombing by planes believed to be unmanned, which targeted the mosque located in the village within a series of camps known as Camps of Osman Ibn Affan’.”

A witness on the ground told Umayyapress that “a remote reconnaissance plane bombed the Jamiliya camp at the beginning, and then the camp (Aleppo 1) was shelled with a gas canister in one of the tents.”

The Shaam News Network was the only source that blamed Russia, reporting: “A Russian reconnaissance plane fired small-scale missiles on the Al-Wafa and Halab 1 camps in Jisr al-Shughur, causing large fires in the camps, burning dozens of tents, Dozens of civilians were wounded and a child was killed”.

It is unclear whether the incident was even caused by a drone or merely a fire on the ground.

The incident occured around dusk.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • The contested air raid set many of the camp's tents on fire in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Umayyapress)
  • Aftermath of the destructive air raid in Aleppo 1 camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via HalabTodayTV)
  • Immediate aftermath of the destructive air raid in Aleppo 1 camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Coordination of Jisr Al Shughur)
  • Aftermath of the destructive air raid in Aleppo 1 camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via HalabTodayTV)
  • White Helmets members trying extinguish the fire in the wake of the contested UAV hitting a camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Idlib Syria White Helmets)
  • White Helmets members trying extinguish the fire in the wake of the contested UAV hitting a camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 2017 (via Idlib Syria White Helmets)
  • White Helmets members trying extinguish the fire in the wake of the contested UAV hitting a camp in Darkoush, Idlib, May 3rd, 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 May 1st - 31st 2017.

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]