Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2868

Incident date

January 7–8, 2018

Location

الفعلول, Al-Fa'loul, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.636442, 36.829906 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

As many as 21 civilians were killed in alleged Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on the residential town of Al-Fa’loul, according to sources on the ground. Local media blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes for the airstrikes.

Although most sources report that 12 were killed, the totoal named death count is 16 civilians. In addition to this, Masrawy News, put the death toll as high as 21 including eight children, however they are the only source to put the figure this high.

Gergnaz reported that as well as named victims there were five unidentified bodies due to deformities. They also named four injured victims.

The strikes – which occurred during the night – left dozens wounded and missing, according to local media, “between houses and agricultural land.”

Shahed_alep1 reported the use of internationally banned phosphorous bombs while @abuzied reported the use of rockets and naplam. Both sources attributed blame to Moscow.

One source reported that the bomb was highly explosive – they blamed Russia.

The bombing was one of a series of blanket bombings of the vicinity of Idlib. Local media reported there had been “dozens of raids on many towns”.

The incident occured during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (9)

  • Dr. Ahmed bin Abdul-Karim Al-Shehd Adult male killed
  • Lamia Lababidi Adult female wife of Dr Ahmed killed
  • Ibrahim Age unknown male son of Dr Ahmed killed
  • Hassan Ahmad al-Abdullah Age unknown male son in law of Dr Ahmed killed
  • Umm Muhammad Adult female mother of Dr Ahmed's wife, from Beit Lababidi killed
  • Abdullah Ahmad al-Abdullah Age unknown male killed
  • Maryam Al-Nu'man Adult female wife of Abdullah killed
  • Ahmed Abdul Karim Al - Shajad Age unknown male killed
  • Shahida Adult female wife of Ahmed killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 21
  • (2–8 children3 women)
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via @abuzied)
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    A victim of of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via Jarjanaz)
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    A victim of of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via Jarjanaz)
  • A victim of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via Jarjanaz)
  • Wounded in the aftermath of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via JGergnaz)
  • A victim of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via Jarjanaz)
  • Dr. al Shehada, killed in airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via SN4HR)
  • Victims of airstrikes on Al-Fa'loul, 7th Jan 2018. (via Zuhair MHMD)

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

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 21
  • (2–8 children3 women)
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (26) [ collapse]