Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2774

Incident date

December 1, 2017

Location

الطواطحة, Tawatha, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.697337, 40.785283 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between five and seven civilians were killed on airstrikes which struck Tawatha water crossing, according to local media. Almost all sources blamed Russian warplanes for the airstrikes, with others not attributing blame to a belligerent, but reporting on “warplanes” having been sighted.

Media reported that “two SU-25 fighters” were sighted in the vicinity. Marsad Al Hasaka also added that as many as seven were killed, and that the victims were displaced civilians, who suffered from serious burns due to the missile shelling.

The incident has been described by local sources as a “massacre”. The death toll was reportedly expected to rise due to the seriousness of some of the injures.

Allegedly, “similar raids took place in the villages of Al-Abbas, Salihiya and Al-Jabbara”.

7al News was the only source to specify that 14 civilians were injured in the strikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (0–1 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    14
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Saber Morshed Khawaldh, killed in airstrikes on Tawatha, 1st December 2017. (via Muhammed Alkhalid Abu Raed)
  • Saber Morshed Khawaldh, killed in airstrikes on Tawatha, 1st December 2017. (via Mohammad Al Khaled)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

The Russian Ministry of Defence announced being active in unspecified parts of Syria until December 11th, 2017.


Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (0–1 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    14
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]