In this event, described by many as a “massacre”, up to 27 civilians, including children and women, were killed and dozens were wounded as the city of Arbeen, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, was subject to heavy aerial shelling, allegedly carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime.
Some sources, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), first reported that five civilians were killed by the strikes. However, shortly after it amended that number to “at least 21”, which included nine children and two women.
Four children were identified by name, while Arbeen City’s Facebook page, who identified 14 of the reported 19 fatalities by name, also noted that nine of these were “young people”, not specifying their exact age.
Smart News Agency, who reported 19 fatalities, including six children, said that the warplanes carried out more than 14 raids. Damascus Media Center mentioned that the strikes hit a popular market and residential neighbourhoods in the city.
Some report referred to “several” wounded while others, such as Al Latamna Youth Group, mentioned “dozens of injured”, including women and children, adding that many more were trapped under the rubble.
Most of the sources, who identified a culprit, pointed to the Syrian regime. However, Al Latamna Youth Group attributed blame to Russian warplanes.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Fawaz Renkusi Adult male physician killed
- Nazir Age unknown butcher killed
- Yusuf Haj Ali Child male killed
- Mohammed Zaher Al - Yessky Child male killed
- Raghd Al - Yasmi 8 years old female killed
- Anas Haj Ali Age unknown male killed
- Mohamed Khair Sukkar Age unknown male killed
- Iyad Halabiya Age unknown male killed
- Suleiman Al-Halabi Age unknown male killed
- Hossam Ahmed Majnoun Age unknown male killed
- Mohammed Haitham Al-Rahwan Age unknown male killed
- Duaa Abdel Hay Age unknown female killed
- Rasmi Mohsen Age unknown male from Adaba town killed
- Ziad Mest Age unknown male from Otaia town killed
- Omar 2 months years old male killed
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between February 1st - 28th 2018.