Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2811

Incident date

December 24, 2017

Location

ابومحالة, Abu Mahala village in Al Hamra district, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.473428, 37.308068 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Several civilians were injured by intense aerial shelling of Abu Mahala, Hama, local media reported. All sources blamed Russia.

While no reports mentioned the exact number of injured, sources merely reported that a number of civilians were left wounded.

The strikes were reportedly part of a larger shelling that day. Masar Press News reported “more than 65 raids carried out by Russian airliners on Al Hamra and Al-Sa’an areas since the morning.”

Jsirtv mentioned the use of napalm, reporting that “Russian fighter jets launched dozens of air strikes with burning napalm and rockets on the villages of Abu Mahala and Jib al-Sukkar in Nahariya, Al-Harrajan, Shakusiya and Al-jeneina, resulting in civilian casualties.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the destruction caused by the alleged Russian aerial shelling of Abu Mahala, Hama, on December 24th, 2017 (via Baladi News Network(

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]