Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2625

Incident date

October 11, 2017

Location

القورية, Qouriya, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.96, 40.55 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

At least 20 and as many as 40 civilians, including women and children, were killed and “dozens” were left wounded following alleged Russian or Assad-waged airstrikes on the border crossing between the towns of al-Qouriya and al-Tayana, multiple local media reported.

Referred to as a “massacre”, several sources reported a death toll between 30 and 40 along with the dozens of wounded, who also counted women and children.

The lowest number of victims was reported by @AJA_Syria and Step News Agency who reported about at least 20 fatalities. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) initially reported 16 fatalities, but later added that at least 21 had been killed.

Other sources, such as Al Qouriya United Media Centre, said that the strikes had killed more than 40 civilians.

Baladi News cited a journalist from Deir al-Zour 24 who reported that “the number of martyrs of the massacre of the Qouriya crossing yesterday (October 11th, 2017)  increased to about 40 civilian martyrs and dozens of others were injured,”.

A total of 19 victims were identified by name by several sources, hereof at least one child, two women and five confirmed adult men.

All sources who identified a culprit pointed to Russia, though there was some confused reporting from the Syrian Network for Human Rights. In its initial report, the Network blamed “Syrian-Russian warplanes”, but in a subsequent report appeared to change its position, pointing solely to Russia.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (1 child2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The moment the alleged Russian airstrikes hit al-Qouriya on October 11th, 2017 (via Al Qouriya United Media Centre)
  • Jassem al Jiwar, also known as Abu Ahmad, was reportedly among the victims following the alleged Russian airstrikes that hit al- Qouriya on October 11th, 2017 (via Al Qouriya United Media Centre)
  • Khalil al-Ali al-Sayer was reportedly among the victims following the alleged Russian airstrikes that hit al- Qouriya on October 11th, 2017 (via Abuheba.karaani)
  • Younis Al-Abd al-Rahman Al Housh was reportedly among the victims following the alleged Russian airstrikes that hit al- Qouriya on October 11th, 2017 (via Sons of Euphrates)
  • Saifi al-Khalid Shuwaikh Abu Majid was reportedly among the victims following alleged Russian airstrikes that hit al- Qouriya on October 11th, 2017 (via Ramadan Karim Hamadi)
  • Abdel Aziz Hamoud al-Kalib reportedly died two weeks after the incident in al-Qouriya on October 11th, 2017, due to the serious wounds he inflicted that day (via Euphrates Post)

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 October 1st - 31st 2017.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (1 child2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (29) [ collapse]