Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3004

Incident date

February 8, 2018

Location

سقبا, Saqba, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.519286, 36.382427 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

According to local reports, three civilians, most likely two children and one woman, were killed and up to dozens were wounded as Russian and/or Assad warplanes launched air raids in Saqba town in eastern Ghouta, Damascus.

The strikes, which Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCCSY) described as “heavy night raids”, left large parts of the town, including a mosque, in complete rubble, as depicted on several videos and images.

Sources agreed that the strikes had claimed three fatalities, and most mentioned that the victims were two children and one woman. Only Enab Baladi, who also put the death toll at three, stating that just one child and her mother were among the victims.

The number of wounded spanned from two to as many as “dozens,” the latter reported by Damascus Media Center. Among the wounded was at least one female child as reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR).

Sources were conflicting in terms of culpability. The majority, including al-Araby and SN4HR, attributed blame to the Syrian regime, while al-Araby identified Russia as the responsible. Finally, LCCSY believed that both parties were to blame.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

  • The remains of a mosque that was hit by the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018 (via Step News Agency)
  • The aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018 (via Step News Agency)
  • The immediate aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, that left large parts of the city in rubble (via Alaa Alahmad)
  • The immediate and chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, that left large parts of the city in rubble (via Alresalah)
  • The immediate and chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, that left large parts of the city in rubble (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • The contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, left large parts of the city in rubble (via Damascus Media Center)
  • The contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, left large parts of the city in rubble (via Damascus Media Center)
  • The contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, on February 8th, 2018, left large parts of the city in rubble (via Damascus Media Center)
  • A wounded girl left in the rubble following the contested shelling fo Saqba, Damascus, February 8th, 2018 (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)

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
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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]