Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2999

Incident date

February 8, 2018

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.44208, 36.65095 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three volunteers from the Civil Defence were reportedly killed and another four wounded as alleged Russian warplanes, possibly in coordination with the Assad regime, carried out aerial shelling of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, local media said.

The strike reportedly both hit the al-Rahma Hospital and a Civil Defence centre, rendering both inoperable. Edlib Media Center, for example, reported that the hospital “went out of service after it was completely destroyed by Russian air strikes by rocket-propelled grenades.”

Edlib Media Center’s corresponden reported the death of three male volunteers from the civil defence, and multiple reports identified fatalities by name and photo.

The number of wounded spanned from two to four; the victims were also reportedly  volunteers of the civil defence.

While almost all sources blamed Russia, the incident remains contested as Shaam News Network pointed to a shared responsibility between Russia and Assad.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Funeral for three members of the civil defence who reportedly were killed by contested airstrikes in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, on February 8th, 2018 (via Mohammed Saloom)
  • The three members of the civil defence who reportedly were killed by the contested airstrikes in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, on February 8th, 2018 (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Victims of the contested shelling in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, on February 8th, 2018 (via Raed Alsaleh)
  • The names of the three civil defence victims following the contested shelling of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, February 8th, 2018 (via Aleppo White Helmets
  • The contested shelling in Khan Sheikhoun hit the local al-Rahma hospital, rendering it inoperable, February 8th, 2018 (via SN4HR)
  • The three civil defence members who were killed by the contested shelling of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, February 8th (via SN4HR)
  • The contested shelling in Khan Sheikhoun hit the local al-Rahma hospital, rendering it inoperable, 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.

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]