Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3049

Incident date

February 20, 2018

Location

كفربطنا , Kafar Batna, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.514529, 36.374577 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to dozens of civilians, mostly children, were left wounded following Russian and/or Assad-waged airstrikes in Kafar Batna, eastern Ghouta Damascus, as reported by local media. There were, however, no reports of fatalities.

Supported by photo documentation, several media reported how “several” to “dozens” of civilians in Kafar Batna were wounded as the town was hit by airstrikes during the night, as reported by Ghouta Media Center (GMC). Photos following the incident showed that many of the victims were children.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian forces, while GMC in some tweets pointed to Russian culpability, while in another to the Assad regime. Thus, the culprit remains contested.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • One of the wounded children caused by the contested aerial shelling of Kafar Batna, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via SN4HR)
  • Large parts of Kafar Batna was left in rubble following the contested aerial shelling on February 20th, 2018 (via GMC)
  • Many civilians, including children, were left wounded by the contested aerial shelling of Kafar Batna, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via GMC)
  • Many civilians were left wounded by the contested aerial shelling of Kafar Batna, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via GMC)
  • Many civilians, including children, were left wounded by the contested aerial shelling of Kafar Batna, Damascus, February 20th, 2018 (via GMC)

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]