Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3075

Incident date

February 23, 2018

Location

عين ترما, Ain Tarma, Damascus , Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to six civilians, including up to four children and one woman, were killed and dozens were left wounded as Ain Tarma, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, was struck by Assad and/or Russian-waged warplanes, local media reported.

As the intense shelling of several parts of eastern Ghouta continued, Ain Tarma was also struck, resulting in great civilian harm and destruction.

The death toll spanned from two to six, the lowest reported by HalabTodayTV and Step News Agency, and the highest reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) and SYR_REV_NEWS.

According to SYR_REV_NEWS and SN4HR’s initial reporting, two of the fatalities were children. However, SN4HR later amended its figures, reporting how four of the six victims were children and from the same family. The children were killed along with their mother, and were all identified by name.

Additionally, HalabTodayTV reported that “dozens” of civilians were left wounded, while Step News Agency merely reported about “others” as wounded.

Sources were not clear in terms of culpability, as blame was appointed to either the Syrian regime, Russia, or both across the reports. For example, SY-24 pointed to Assad-waged helicopters, while HalabTodayTV, Step News Agency blamed Russian warplanes.

Several reports, including SN4HR, blamed both belligerents.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (2–4 children1 woman)
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Smoke rising from buildings hit by the contested shelling, Ain Tarma, Damascus February 23rd, 2018 (via HalabTodayTV)
  • The children Sedra, Samer, Ahmad and Jana Salam were killed along with their mother as Syrian and/or Russian warplanes struck Ein Tarma in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, February 23, 2018 (via SN4HR)

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

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • (2–4 children1 woman)
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]