Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3082

Incident date

February 24, 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 17 civilians, including four children and six women, were killed along with dozens of wounded, local media reported after Douma, Damascus, was subject to “intensive shelling” from both the air and the ground, though apportion of blame was unclear.

The Syrian Civil Defence, who put the death toll at 17, reported how it was the “result of 16 air raids and renewed artillery shelling more than ten residential neighborhoods in the city.”

Al-Jazeera reported that Douma was “once again bombarded with Napalm” as well as ground-launched artillery shelling.

The death toll spanned from 10 to 17. The lowest was reported by WesalTV, though that was merely its “initial” estimates.  Most reported between 15 and 17 civilian deaths.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who reported “at least” 15 fatalities,  four children and six women were among the killed.

Douma Revolution identified one male fatality by name and picture.

Reportedly, the incident left dozens of civilians wounded. According to Moaz al-Shamy, most were children and women.

While sources such as al-Jazeera and Moaz al-Shamy blamed the Syrian regime, Russian culpability cannot be ruled out as Step News Agency and SN4HR pointed to a shared Russia/Assad responsibility.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 17
  • (4 children6 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Douma, Damascus, in the immediate aftermath of the launch of the contested strikes, February 24th, 2018 (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Civilians receiving treatment after being wounded by the contested strikes in Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2018 (via Douma Medical)
  • Wounded civilian following the contested strikes in Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2018 (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Wounded civilian following the contested strikes in Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2018 (WesalTV)
  • Reportedly, a mosque was struck by the Assad or Russian-waged airstrikes in Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2018 (via Shehab Agency)
  • Some of the victims of the contested shelling of Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2017 (via SN4HR)
  • Youssef Mohammed Shawwa "Abu Bassam" was reportedly among the civilian fatalities following the contested shelling of Douma, Damascus, February 24th, 2018 (via Douma Revolution)

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 17
  • (4 children6 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (15) [ collapse]