Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2997

Incident date

February 8, 2018

Location

مشمشان, Mishmishan, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.859696, 36.367021 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Alleged Russian airstrikes killed up to eight civilians, including children and women, and wounded up to 40, including children, local media reported, after the town of Mishmishan, Idlib, was struck.

Ebaa News cited locals on the ground who told them how alleged Russian warplanes had “hovered around the area and then returned and carried out four violent raids, targeting both the health centre and the school in the vicinity of the town.”

Several sources reported that the raids had destroyed the local health centre and a school. An employee at the health centre told Ebaa News that “Russian raids deliberately targeted health centre, because of the services provided by the Center.”

Enab Baladi News said that among the eight fatalities were four children and two women. Meanwhile, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) who put the death toll at “at least five”, said that one child and one woman were among these.

The number of wounded spanned from around 12 to as many as 40. Ebba News, who reported about at least 12 wounded said that six of them were children. Enab Baladi reported as many as 40 wounded, which included a full team of volunteers, which according to Step News Agency entailed staff of the clinic and the auditors, including children.

Also, the Syria Civil Defence said that among the wounded was at least four civil defence volunteers.

All sources, who identified a culprit, pointed to Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (1–4 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Footage from Mishmishan, Idlib, in the aftermath of the alleged Russian aerial shelling on February 8th, 2018 (via Smart News Agency)
  • Footage from Mishmishan, Idlib, in the aftermath of the alleged Russian aerial shelling on February 8th, 2018 (via Baladi News)
  • Footage from Mishmishan, Idlib, in the aftermath of the alleged Russian aerial shelling on February 8th, 2018, where the civil defence is working to rescue civilians (via Syria Civil Defence)
  • Images from Mishmishan, Idlib, in the aftermath of the alleged Russian aerial shelling on February 8th, 2018 (via Syria Civil Defence)
  • The moment the alleged Russian airstrikes hit Mishmishan, Idlib, February 8th, 2018 (via Hadi Abdullah)
  • The moment the alleged Russian airstrikes hit Mishmishan, Idlib, February 8th, 2018 (via Wesal)
  • A boys' school was struck by the alleged Russian strikes in Mishmishan, Idlib, February 8th, 2018 (via SN4HR)

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.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (1–4 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]