Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3039

Incident date

February 19, 2018

Location

زملكا, Zamalaka, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5261, 36.35385 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

At least one and as many as eight civilians were killed and several were left wounded  as the town of Zamalaka, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, was subject to aerial shelling local media reported, who, however, were unclear whether to blame Russia or the Syrian regime – or both.

As several sources reported, large parts of eastern Ghouta were subject to heavy shelling around February 19th, 2018, including the town of Al Nashabiya.

While most reports agreed that the strikes had killed one civilian, Orient News correspondent reported eight fatalities from Zamalaka.

Step News Agency added that “several” civilians were left wounded.

Sources were not clear in terms of culpability. While some, such as Orient News, blamed the Syrian regime, Marshad al-Hassaka and Euphrates Post blamed Russia for carrying out heavy shelling of eastern Ghouta, however without specifically mentioning Zamalaka. Finally, several reports, including Baladi News, attributed blame to both belligerents.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 8
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 8
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]