Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3084

Incident date

February 24, 2018

Location

كفر زيتا, Kafar Zita, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.374143, 36.601896 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians, including two children and a woman, were killed and several were left injured, local media reported, following aerial and artillery shelling of Kafar Zeita, Hama, carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime.

While most sources reported that the town in the countryside of Hama had been struck by air raids, Abdel Razak also blamed artillery shelling “that hit the city this evening.”

Sources reported between three and four civilian fatalities following the incident. Both AleppoAMC’s correspondent and Abdel Razak put the toll at four. Abdel Razak reported that two of the victims were a mother and her child, who died from the injuries they inflicted by the shelling.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), who put the death toll at “at least three”, said that two children were among the victims.

Hamah Now identified two male victims by name.

Additionally, several civilians were according to HalabTodayTV and Step News Agency left wounded.

While most sources, including AleppoAMC and Step News Agency, blamed Russia for the incident, culpability remains contested as SN4HR identified the Syrian regime as responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1–2 children1 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

Sources (6) [ collapse]

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
    3 – 4
  • (1–2 children1 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

Sources (6) [ collapse]