Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2803

Incident date

December 17, 2017

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.440813, 36.6493607 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

As many as 17 civilians were killed – including ten who were named – as well as 6 or more wounded, in internationally banned Napalm and Phosphorous airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, according to local media. Sources blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime for the “air and artillery strikes” which were conducted in the vicinity. Madardaily was the only source to report that “military aircraft” bombed the vicinity, all others attributed blame.

The event was described by local media as a “massacre” which “targeted” a market and civilian homes causing huge fires and many casualties. Madardaily added that there were as many as ten airstrikes on the vicinity.

Sources reported that the victims were mostly an entire family. As many as seven of them were women and four were children.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “The martyrs are a woman and her child from one family, six others from another family; they are a woman and two of her children and two sisters and another woman, in addition to a child -whether he belongs to one of the two families is not yet known. The death toll is expected to increase due to several of the injured being in a serious condition”.

“Heavy artillery” strikes were also reported on the residential area.

very graphic photographic evidence shows civilians who were burned until their bodies were unrecognisable.

The wounded were taken to nearby “health centres” by members of the Civil Defence. The death toll was expected to rise.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Walae Riad al-Sermani Adult female killed
  • Fatima Riad al-Sermani Adult female killed
  • Hala Ziad Idrees Adult female killed
  • Tala Ganem al-Najem Child female killed
  • Nada Mohammad al-Sermani Child female killed
  • Yazan Mohammad al-Sermani Child male killed
  • Ola Gadban al-Sermani Adult female killed
  • Fatima Najeeb Qatini Adult female killed
  • Shahed Mohammad Rida Qatini Child female killed
  • Safae al-Neser Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 17
  • (2–4 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]

Media
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    Members of the Syrian Civil Defence attempt to rescue civilians from the rubble following alleged Napalm and Phosphorous airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via @SyriaCivilDefence)
  • Victims before burial n the aftermath of an alleged Napalm and Phosphorous airstrike attack on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Paldf News)
  • The aftermath of the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Madardaily)
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    Members of the Syrian Civil Defence attempt to rescue civilians from the rubble following alleged Napalm and Phosphorous airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via @almajd700)
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    A charred body in the aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via @freedoms1y2r3ia)
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    A child victim in the aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via @tarykh_iran2017 )
  • The aftermath of the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via @HadiAlabdallah)
  • A victim in the aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Syria Civil Defence Idlib The White Helmets)
  • Fires in the immediate aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Syria Civil Defence Idlib The White Helmets)
  • A victim in the aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Syria Civil Defence Idlib The White Helmets)
  • Fires in the immediate aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Syria Civil Defence Idlib The White Helmets)
  • Fires in the immediate aftermath of strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 17th December 2017. (via Syria Civil Defence Idlib The White Helmets)

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.


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
    10 – 17
  • (2–4 children6–7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]