Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3068

Incident date

February 23, 2018

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus , Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Up to 13 civilians, including at least one child and one woman, were killed and several left wounded as Douma, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, continued to be subject to heavy air and artillery shelling, local media reported, though the apportion of blame was not clear.

While several parts of eastern Ghouta was subject to heavy shelling on Friday, February 23rd, resulting in large numbers of civilian fatalities, activists told al-Jazeera that “the largest number of casualties was in the city of Douma.”

Zaman al-Wasl reported how Douma’s residential neighborhoods had been struck by  “two air strikes and shelling of rocket launchers.”

Moreover, Enab Baladi, who blamed the Syrian regime, reported that the city also had been struck by a cluster bomb.

The death toll spanned from five, as reported by Step News Agency to as many as 13, reported by Enab Baladi, Zaman al-Wasl and LCCSY.

Step News Agency added that one woman was among the fatalities while a photo published by al-Jazeera revealed at least one child fatality.

Without providing exact figures, reports mentioned that “a number of civilians” were left wounded.

As few sources apportioned blame, it remained unclear who was responsible. Some pointed to the Assad regime, Damaski Agency to Russia and LCCSY to both parties.

Finally, Al-Yaman al-Hur blamed “the crimes of Assad, Iran, and Russia.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 13
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Civilians hiding from the bombs, Douma, Damascus, February 23rd, 2018 (via Yasser al-Doumani2)
  • The moment Douma, Damascus, is being struck by the contested shelling, February 23rd, 2018 (via Yemen al-hur)
  • Civilians mourning the death of the many civilians, including children, following the contested shelling of Douma, Damascus, February 23rd (via Yasser al-Doumani2)
  • The remnants of what reportedly was a cluster bomb dropped by either the Syrian regime or Russia in Douma, Damascus, on February 23rd, 2018 (via Enab Baladi)
  • A wounded child is being evacuated as Douma, Damascus, is being struck by the contested shelling, February 23rd, 2018 (via al-Jazeera)
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    Child victim of the contested shelling in Douma, Damascus, February 23rd, 2018 (via al-Jazeera)
  • Large parts of Douma, Damascus, were left in complete rubble following several days of intense shelling, here from February 23rd, 2018 (via HalabTodayTV)
  • The moment where Douma, Damascus, is struck by the contested shelling, February 23rd, 2018 (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • The Civil Defence trying to extinguish a fire caused by the contested shelling, Douma, Damascus, February 23rd, 2018 (via Damaski Agency)
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    Victims of the contested shelling in Douma, Damascus, February 23rd, 2018 (via Douma Medical)

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

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 13
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]