Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2853

Incident date

January 3, 2018

Location

تل الطوقان, Tal Al-Toukan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven civilians were killed – including an entire family of five – according to local media in airstrikes on Tal Al-Toukan. Dozens were also wounded in the raids. Sources blamed bot the Syrian regime and Russia for the raids which damaged a Mosque as well as residential homes.

Mustafa Haj Yousuf, director of the Syrian Civil Defence, reported to Nessma News that “the bombing was carried out by Russian planes and planes belonging to the Syrian regime, resulting in five dead and eight injured.”

Amongst those dead were “a child and three women and a man” – all from the same family.

Due to the intensity of the high explosive missiles, many civilians were wounded and trapped under the rubble. Local media added that it was likely the death toll would rise.

Allegedly there were as many as six raids on the vicinity.

Five of the victims were named by multiple sources.

The shelling included the towns of Khan Sheikun and Sarqib, and the town of Sahiyan and the village of Tal Al-Toukan.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • A baby wounded in the airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Tal Al-Toukan, 3rd January 2018. (via @hadialabdalla)
  • Hatem Hussein Al Samayh, killed in airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Tal Al-Toukan, 3rd January 2018. (via Yaser albathoush)
  • Injured civilians being dragged from the rubble in the aftermath of airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Tal Al-Toukan, 3rd January 2018. (via Nessma News)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Tal Al-Toukan, 3rd January 2018. (via Qasioun News)
  • Tal al Touqan al Kabir Mosque, damaged in the airstrikes which struck the residential neighbourhood of Tal Al-Toukan, 3rd January 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

In an article published on January 30th 2018 Russia reported: ”crews of the Aerospace Forces of Russia had successfully performed 34,561 sorties. The Minister of Defence pointed out that the Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, as well as the Su-24M, Su-34 and Su-35S short-range aircraft had proved to be efficient. The Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers delivered 66 strikes by cruise missiles, and each eliminated the assigned target. The Minister of Defence also stated that Russian UAVs provided complete control over the whole Syrian territory. The head of the military department paid attention to the significant contribution to the achievement of the operation made by the Navy. The naval surface forces carried out 171 combat missions. The ships and submarines carried out 100 high-precision attacks with the Kalibr cruise missiles. For the first time, the aircraft carrier "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Kuznetsov" participated in combat operations. Due to high professional skills of deck aircraft, 1,252 terrorist objects were eliminated.”

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 – 7
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]