Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2820

Incident date

December 26, 2017

Location

التمانعة, Taman'a, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.457626, 36.750314 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

As many as 12 civilians were killed, and dozens more wounded, in air and artillery strikes which struck the residential neighbourhood of Taman’a. Sources blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes for the strikes.

The Violations Documentation Centre reported that there were two incidents which occurred on the same day in Taman’a, however they do not give any further details. No other sources made this claim.

Despite high casualty figures across most sources, some local media only reported one death. @mohamed1aldaher was amongst them, who reported that there were 19 dead civilians were distributed over Al Sarman (2), Al Taman’a (1), Al – Mushrifah (4), Skeet farms (3), – Sahihan (3), Badama (1), Om Jalal, Al Sayad Ali Al Taman’a Farms.

It is possible that both @mohamed1aldaher and Al Etihad press were reporting on the second incident of the day.

According to Step News Agency, as many as 100 rockets were fired on the vicinity. Syrian Human Rights Committee was the only source which included artillery shelling in their report.

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence were photographed pulling victims from the rubble, and according to their own Twitter account, they took many wounded civilians to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

They added that an entire family were trapped under the rubble – they did not give information as to who was wounded and who died.

A local source tweeted that “Al Sarman, Al Taman’a and farms, Almshirifa and Babolin” were all targeted in the raids. They attributed blame to both Russia and the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 12
  • (3 children1–3 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Child who was killed in air and artillery strikes on Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via @sakrr121)
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    Child who was killed in air and artillery strikes on Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via @sakrr121)
  • Air and artillery strikes the moment they struck Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via @Muslims2018)
  • Air and artillery strikes the moment they struck Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via @Muslims2018)
  • A victim of the air and artillery strikes on Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Maher Abd al-Razzaq al-Bakri, killed in air and artillery strikes on Taman'a, 28th December 2017. (via VDC-SY)

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
    1 – 12
  • (3 children1–3 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]