Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2896

Incident date

January 14–15, 2018

Location

دير شرقي, Deir Sharqi, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.603718, 36.738955 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Six civilians were killed – including four children – and as many as five more were injured when long-range-missiles from a Russian ship struck the vicinity of Deir Sharqi, according to local media. All sources blamed the Russian warship for the raids, expect Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Network for Human Rights who both blamed Syrian regime missiles.

The raids, which occurred around midnight, “targeted” a monastery and also damaged parts of al Banat School. According to the Syrian Observatory there was damage to the school building, including its furniture.

The wounded were – according to local media – seriously ill. Images show a man whose leg hangs by a thread. Smart News Agency added that a man had his leg amputated and another broke his arm in the raid.

The incident occured around midnight.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
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    Graphic image of an injured civilian in the aftermath of an alleged attack by Russian warships on Deir Sharqi, 14th Jan 2018. (via @Om_yusif_syria)
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    Graphic image of an injured civilian in the aftermath of an alleged attack by Russian warships on Deir Sharqi, 14th Jan 2018. (via @Om_yusif_syria)

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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]