Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3033

Incident date

February 19, 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

At least four and as many as 14 civilians including ar least one woman and one child were killed and several others wounded in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Saqba, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, local media reported.

The strikes in Saqba were part of a widespread intensified shelling of multiple residential neighbourhoods in eastern Ghouta on February 19th, local media reported. Orient News described the shelling as a “genocide.”

While several sources reported four fatalities, including one woman, other reports spanned from nine to 14 civilian deaths, the highest reported by Smart News Agency. Zaman al-Wasl and Ghouta_GMC identified 14 victims by name, hereof two women and one child. Besides the child, none of the remaining victims’ ages were specified.

Sources were conflicted in terms of culpability. While several, including Smart News Agency and Orient News pointed to both the Syrian regime and Russia, the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Baladi News blamed only the Syrian regime. Baladi News’ correspondent reported that “regime warplanes” launched more than 60 rockets.

According to Smart News Agency’s report, it is likely that both belligerents were responsible. The news channel cited the Civil Defence, who wrote on Facebook that Russian airstrikes had killed four civilians while adding that additionally ten civilians had been killed just hours previously by regime warplanes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 14
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • The civil defense treating wounded civilians following the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Syria Civil Defense)
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    A wounded girl, victim of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Qusay)
  • A wounded child, victim of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018(via Damascus Media Center)
  • One of the many wounded of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Smart news Agency)
  • One of the many wounded of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Smart news Agency)
  • One of the many wounded of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Smart news Agency)
  • One of the many wounded of the contested shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018 (via Smart news Agency)
  • Footage from under and after the contested aerial shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018, that inflicted great civilian harm and left parts of the city in rubble (via Orient News)
  • Footage from under and after the contested aerial shelling of Saqba, Damascus, February 19th, 2018, that inflicted great civilian harm and left parts of the city in rubble (Smart News Agency)

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
    4 – 14
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]