Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2855

Incident date

January 6, 2018

Location

عربين, Arbeen, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.538143, 36.364331 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between two and six civilians including a child died and “a large number” more were wounded in alleged Russian or Assad regime air or artillery strikes on Arbeen, according to sources on the ground.

Alraafed, cutting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported  “the killing of 12 civilians, including two children in Hmouriyeh, and three others in Arbin”.

Enab Baladi appeared to blame regime. It said that “warplanes launched raids on Harasta, Arbeen, Madara, Misraiba, Ein Tirma and Zamalek, totaling 70 air strikes. The air raids on the city of Arbeen killed two people and wounded, and a school went out of service as a result of targeting.”

According to the Smart News agency, a child was among those killed. This source blamed regime air and artillery strikes.

Other sources pointed to Russia or to both the regime and Russia. For example, according to Gate-ahram, “Syrian and Russian warplanes didn’t leave the eastern skies of Al-Ghouta on Saturday [Jan 6th] and there were more than 65 raids, 37 of them on the city of Harasta and 13 air raids on the town of Arbeen ”

Erbenhospital put the death toll at five with 30 more people wounded.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Salah Labd Madani Adult male VDC blamed "Air bombardment of the Syrian government and its affiliated militias"
  • Badr Odeh Madani Adult male VDC blamed "Air bombardment of the Syrian government and its affiliated militias"
  • Al-Habbush Madani male VDC blamed "Air bombardment of the Syrian government and its affiliated militias"
  • Mohammed Arafa Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmed Abdullah Kawka Age unknown male killed
  • Eid Barber Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 6
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

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    A child lies in the rubble following an airstrike on Arbeen, Jan 6th (via SCDrifdimashq)
  • Footage of a strike on Arbeen, Jan 6th 2018.
  • A civilian is pulled from the rubble following one of multiple airstrikes on Arbeen, Jan 6th 2018.
  • A civilian is rescued following one of multiple airstrikes on Arbeen, Jan 6th 2018.
  • Civilians are treated in a medical facility following a strike on Arbeen, Jan 6th (via Erbenhospital)
  • Civilians are treated in a medical facility following a strike on Arbeen, Jan 6th (via Erbenhospital)
  • An airstrike hits Arbeen, Jan 6th 2018.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 6
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]