Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS249

Incident date

December 9, 2015

Location

حمورية, Hamouriya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.52777, 36.38582 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Twenty-three civilians including eight children and one woman were reported killed and 20 injured in an airstrike on a residential area of Hamouriya, according to multiple sources. Reports were conflicted as to whether the attack was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

The Shaam News Network initially said 14 non-combatants died in a “massacre” by Russian warplanes. It later put the death toll at 18. The White Helmets posted videos and images depicting fires and destruction. It initially listed 18 dead, with the final list rising to 23. The civil defence group did not say who was responsible for the raid.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights was alone in blaming the regime, reporting that at least 12 civilians were killed including four children when two missiles hit several shops.

The  White Helmets’ released a final list with names including one unidentified person.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ibtisam Abdel Nasser al-Khatib Child killed
  • Raghad Abdel Nasser al-Khatib 2 years old killed
  • Mohammed Al Kassir Child male killed
  • Taka Sarya al Zein Child killed
  • Hadi Darkish Child killed
  • Abdel Nasser al-Khatib Child male killed
  • Mayssa Wahba Age unknown killed
  • Islam Al Hassan Child killed
  • Yamen Amin Abbas Child killed
  • Ibrahim al-Shami Age unknown killed
  • Said Abdel Al Jawad Age unknown killed
  • Ismail Mohammed al-Khatib Age unknown killed
  • Saeed Ismail al-Khati Age unknown killed
  • Mohammed Wasim Al Kharbotal Age unknown male killed
  • Abdul Mou’een Al Zein Age unknown male killed
  • Khalid Saeed Al Zoubi Age unknown killed
  • Mohamed Mohamed Hadida Age unknown male killed
  • Mohamed Mohamed Al Outani Age unknown male killed
  • Tahssin Al  Durra Age unknown killed
  • Samer Safayya Age unknown killed
  • Jalal A’llam Age unknown killed
  • Khalid Al Sheikha Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    23
  • (8 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

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    White Helmets fighting fires in Hamouriya. (via, White Helmets)
  • Civilians being rescued by the White Helmets. (via White Helmets)
  • The moment the airstrike occurred on December 9th in Hamouriya. (via, White Helmets)
  • On the ground moments after the airstrike fell. (via, White Helmets)
  • Fires being put out after contested airstrikes. (via, White Helmets)
  • An interview with a local civilian. (via, Hamouriya Media Centre)
  • Graphic image of a deceased child. (via SNN).
  • Fires which broke out following a contested airstrike. (via SNN)
  • A body dragged from the rubble in Hamouriya. (via, SNN)
  • Injured civilian being loaded into a truck following an airstrike in Hamouriya. (via, SNN)
  • An injured civilian being carried from the scene. (via, SNN)

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 published no known record of its strikes in Syria between December 4th-8th.

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
    23
  • (8 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (17) [ collapse]