Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3061

Incident date

February 22, 2018

Location

عين ترما, Ain Tarma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.51602, 36.35078 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Aerial shelling of Ain Tarma, Damascus, carried out by Russian and/or Assad regime, killed up to six civilians and wounded at least three children, local media reported.

As shelling of eastern Ghouta continued on its fifth day, sources reported about both airstrikes and the launch of explosive barrels in Ain Tarma, especially striking residential areas.

Baladi News and Enab Baladi reported that the strikes had resulted in civilian fatalities, reportedly respectively six and five killed.

Meanwhile, the remaining sources reported that the strikes had only wounded civilians of the town. Specifically, Smart News Agency reported three wounded, all children, which also was depicted on photos from the scene published by other sources.

Addtionally, Damas Press reported how “helicopter aircraft renews targeting of residential areas in the town of Ain Tarma with several barrels of explosives, causing several injuries among civilians, including critical injuries.”

Sources were not clear in terms of culpability, as blame was appointed to either the Syrian regime, Russia, or both across the reports.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Civilians in the rubble following the contested shelling of Ain Tarma, Damascus, February 22nd, 2018 (via Alaa al-Ahamad)
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    Victims of the contested shelling of Ain Tarma, Damascus, February 22nd, 2018 (via Abo alhoda alhoms)
  • Victims of the contested shelling of Ain Tarma, Damascus, February 22nd, 2018 (via Ahmad Zhrani)

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
    5 – 6
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]