Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2827

Incident date

December 29, 2017

Location

معرة النعمان, Ma'arat Nu'man, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.6477913, 36.6591881 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

As many as three civilians were killed, and three to five others were wounded, in airstrikes which struck a residential neighbourhood and market in Ma’arat Nu’man, according to local media. Sources blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes.

Dw News also reported that a hospital was partially damaged in the raid, however they were the only source to make this allegation.

Enabbaladi – who blamed the Syrian regime – reported that “Assad forces bombed the city of Ma’arat al-Nu’man, which left victims and wounded civilians, in addition to the destruction of civilian homes”. They added that the “shelling killed two civilians and wounded three as a result of the bombardment of the city by the “Sukhoi 22″ aircraft.” Despite attributing blame to the regime, the aircraft identified is Russian.

The planes, according to multiple sources, struck the vicinity with four high explosive missiles. Overall, one local media source reported that there were ten bombardments.

Civil Defence teams worked to retrieve the dead and wounded and transported them to medical points.

One source reported that “dozens” were wounded overall in Idlib on December 29th, and as many as 22 were killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
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    Abd al-Qader Samir Skaf, killed in airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via VDC-SY)
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    Sate Sabouh, killed in airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via VDC-SY)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via Enabbaladi)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • A child being pulled from the rubble in the immediate aftermath of airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via @aboalhodaalhoms)
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    Abd al-Qader Samir Skaf, killed in airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via Husam Qamou’a)
  • Abd al-Qader Samir Skaf, killed in airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via Husam Qamou’a)
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    Sate Sabouh, killed in airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th December 2017. (via Ramiz Mustafa)
  • A child rescued from the rubble in the immediate aftermath of airstrikes on Ma'arat Nu'man, 29th 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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]