Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS300

Incident date

December 22, 2015

Location

بزينة, Bzeina, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.4825877, 36.4399767 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between 20 and 40 civilians were reported killed and dozens injured in devastating alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Bzeina, according to multiple reports. While the destruction of the market and surrounding homes was extensive, the aircraft may have been targeting rebels. Videos filmed at the scene show some casualties and rescuers in military fatigues – with all of those listed as killed adult males.

Activists told Shaam News Network the afternoon bombing targeted the centre of a popular market which was teeming with non-combatants, wounding many and causing widespread damage to the market. They added that the death toll was likely to rise due to the seriousness of injuries.

All4Syria quoted local resident and media activist Adam Shami: “Russian planes today targeted a popular market in the small village of Bzeina in the Marj region. Its entire population doesn’t exceed 500 families, along with some displaced families. But the warplanes have utterly destroyed Bzeina’s small marketplace.”

Smart News cited a local doctor who said medical facilities were overwhelmed by the casualties: “The doctor added that there are cases of amputation among the victims, ‘especially as the market area was crowded with children and women.’

VDC and Syria 2011 have both reported 20 victims, including seven people they could not identify.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (13 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    40–200
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
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    Victims of a major alleged Russian airstrike on Bzeina December 22nd 2015. (via @AdamsRashidi)
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    A graphic video of the aftermath of the alleged Russian airstrike on Bzeina. Shows bodies being taken from the rubble. (via, Quasion)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

For December 18th-23rd, Russia reported that “In the course of five days, on December 18-23, aircraft of the Aerospace Forces in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 302 combat sorties engaging 1093 objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Homs and Deir ez-Zor provinces.” No mention was made of Damascus governorate.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (13 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    40–200
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]