Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2830

Incident date

December 31, 2017

Location

كفرسجنة, Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.5261134, 36.5813398 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between five and eight civilians, including children and women, were killed and “dozens” were left wounded following heavy aerial shelling in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, carried out by either the Syrian regime or Russia, local sources reported. There were reports that a popular market as well as homes in the town were struck.

The reported death toll ranged from five to eight – and most of the sources mentioned that children and women were among the victims.

At least one male child was killed as described by many sources and supported by images. The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the child by name as the child of Ibrahim Hamdawi.

Additionally, the Violations Documentation Center Syria  identified one adult male as killed.

While the civil defence reported “several” wounded, most sources said that as many as “dozens” were injured, including women and children.

The strikes hit the main street of the city, multiple sources reported.

Sherif Ismael, a member of the Civil Defense told Baladi News that “the civil defence and rescue teams immediately rushed to the scene of the bombing. They worked to recover the bodies, rescue the wounded, lift the rubble and open the roads. The raids left a lot of damage to private and public property, and fires broke out in the shops.”

Most sources apportioned blame to the Syrian regime and many reports provided details about the explosives it had allegedly used.

Sherif Ismael from the Civil Defense described the warplanes as the type of Sikhwi 22 belonging to the regime forces. Madar Daily said the Syrian regime engaged rocket-propelled grenades.

However, Russian culpability cannot be ruled out as several sources identified Russia as the responsible, including @AJArabic and Zaiton Mag.

Step News Agency pointed in one report to the Syrian regime and in another, to Russian forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, where large parts of the city is left is rubble (via RFS Media Office)
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    A family is mourning the death of their son who reportedly died in airstrikes carried out by Russia or the coalition in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017 (via Orient News)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via RFS Media Office)
  • A family is mourning the death of their son who reportedly died in airstrikes carried out by Russia or the coalition in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017 (via @emedadynznky)
  • A father is mourning the death of his son who reportedly died in airstrikes carried out by Russia or the coalition in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017 (via @zhrane_ahmed)
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    The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via @mansouraharoun)
  • The aftermath of the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017, that inflicted great civilian damage to both persons and properties (via @TNNArabic)
  • Footage from Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, during and after the airstrikes hit civilian sites in the city on December 31st, 2017 (via @AJArabic)
  • One child, identified as Omar, was reportedly among the victims caused by airstrikes carried out by Russia or the coalition in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017 (via The Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Women and children were among the victims caused by the contested airstrike in Kafr Sajneh, Idlib, December 31st, 2017 (via @suriAsyl)

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
    5 – 8
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]