Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3043

Incident date

February 20, 2018

Location

النشابية, Al Nashabiya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.514157, 36.487656 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Four civilians, including one girl, were killed along with several wounded as al Nashabiya, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, was subject to aerial and artillery shelling, local media reported, though it was unclear whether Russia or the Syrian regime was to blame.

Like many parts of eastern Ghouta, aerial and artillery shelling intensified in Al Nashabiya in this period, especially striking in residential areas.

While multiple sources reported about the shelling, it was only Souriyati and the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) who reported about fatalities, both reporting four victims. SN4HR added that a girl was among these.

Other reports mentioned that several were left wounded.

According to a few sources, such as Zaman al-Wasl, the Syrian regime was to blame. However, Russian culpability cannot be ruled out as several sources, including SN4HR and Enab Baladi, pointed to shared Russian/Assad responsibility.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Image published by the civil defence reporting about the intense shelling of eastern Ghouta on February 20, 2018, including Al Nashabiya. However, the source does not specify the exact location of the image (via 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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]