Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3032

Incident date

February 19, 2018

Location

حمورية, Hamouriya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.528464, 36.389472 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

As many as 20 civilians, including women and children, were killed and up to dozens more were left wounded in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Hamouriya, Ghouta, Damascus, local media reported.

The strikes in Hamouriya were part of a widespread shelling of multiple neighbourhoods in eastern Ghouta on February 19th, local media reported. However, according to Zaman al-Wasl, the incident in Hamouriya was the largest and had been carried out in a total of three raids. According to the Smart News Agency, mainly residential buildings were struck.

While the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) reported  “at least 15 fatalities”, the remaining reports mentioned 20 civilian deaths, including women and children.

Zaman al-Wasl, who put the death toll at 20, identified 14 by name; ten men and four women, and according to the surnames, some of the victims were most likely related. However, the report did not specify the age of the victims, meaning it’s unclear how many were children.

Sakr121 blamed Russia, SN4HR the regime, and  Free Deir Al Zour Radio pointed to both belligerents. But many sources didn’t apportion blame.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 20
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The immediate, chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Smart News Agency)
  • Up to 20 civilians were reportedly killed by the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (al-Souria News)
  • The immediate, chaotic aftermath of the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Hadi Abdullah)
  • Members of the Civil Defense trying to extinguish fire that broke out following the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Up to 20 civilians were reportedly killed by the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (Sakr 121)
  • Many civilians were trapped under the rubble following the contested shelling of Hamouriya, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (Syria Civil Defense)

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
    15 – 20
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (18) [ collapse]