Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2955

Incident date

February 1, 2018

Location

سراقب, Saraqeb, Idlib , Syria

Geolocation

35.859101, 36.797731 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between three and six civilians, including one family, was killed and several were wounded as Russian or Assad-waged warplanes carried out airstrikes in the city of Saraqeb, Idlib, local media reported.

In this incident, described as “a massacre in the heart of the city” by al-Modon, civilian harm reports varied slightly, spanning from three to six fatalities. However, many sources reported that a family of three or four, including a child and a woman, was among the victims.

Local fighters told Smart News that “Russian warplanes launched raids on the city of Saraqeb, killing five civilians, including four from one family, in addition to injuring several others.”

@HadiAlabdallah reported that the family counted “a father, a mother and their child.”

Most of the known sources, including Smart News and @HadiAlabdallah, attributed the event to Russian warplanes, while just one source, Annahar said that strike to be carried out by the Syrian regime.

Orient News reported in one video that Russia was to blame, though the source reported on another occasion that the Syrian regime also had “targeted the city of Saraqeb with successive rocket launchers, causing the deaths of six martyrs (…)”

Saraqib was reportedly struck twice on February 1st, as the Civil Defence Center was also subject to aerial shelling, which is described in event SR2758.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the moment the Russian or Syrian regime-waged airstrikes are carried out airstrikes in Saraqeb, Idlib, February 1st, 2018 (via Syria NEw NEt SNN)
  • Footage of the moment the Russian or Syrian regime-waged airstrikes are carried out airstrikes and the following destruction it caused, Saraqeb, Idlib, February 1st, 2018 (via Orient News)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between February 1st - 28th 2018.

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
    3 – 6
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]