Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2861

Incident date

January 7, 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

Five civilians were reportedly killed in air and artillery strikes which struck Arbeen in the middle of the night. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame, some sources attributing blame to Russia while others blamed the Syrian regime. A handful of sources blamed “warplanes”, not specifying who the belligerent was.

Qalamon, who named two victims for Arbeen, also named 15 other civilians who were allegedly killed by Russian airstrikes on the 7th.

One source reported that there were “13 air raids on the town of Arbeen” with over “460 artillery and missile shells”.

One source reported that rockets were also fired on the vicinity.

Members of the Civil Defence rescued the wounded from the rubble, according to local media, however no sources mentioned a specific number of wounded civilians.

There were large fires in parts of the town, which led to the death of a girl. A graphic image was published showing her entire face burned off.

The incident occured during the night.

  • Mohammed Sheikh Saeed Abu Mazen Age unknown male http://dchrs.org/ar/?p=5528 killed
  • Mohammed Samer Muslimani Age unknown male http://dchrs.org/ar/?p=5528 killed
  • Reham al-Najjar Age unknown male http://dchrs.org/ar/?p=5528 killed
  • Ahmed Abdullah Kawka Age unknown male http://dchrs.org/ar/?p=5528 killed
  • Salam Quweider Child female http://dchrs.org/ar/?p=5528 killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

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    Ahmed Abdullah Kawka, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike on Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via Martyrs-erbeen)
  • Ahmed Abdullah Kawka, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike on Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via Martyrs-erbeen)
  • Mohammed Sheikh Saeed, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike on Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via Martyrs-erbeen)
  • The exact moment an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike hit Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via @Shehap-agency)
  • The exact moment an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike hit Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via @Shehap-agency)
  • The exact moment an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike hit Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via @Shehap-agency)
  • Civilians are rescued in the aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike hit Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via @syriacivildefe)
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    Salam Qweider, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike on Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via Amin Abd Shami)
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    Salam Qweider, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strike on Arbeen, 7th January 2018. (via Paldf)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]