Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3197

Incident date

March 7, 2018

Location

الغوطة الشرقية, Al Ghouta Al Sharqiya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.51388889, 36.49861111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Three named adult males – members of the White Helmets – were killed and five others were wounded when an airstrike hit a Syrian Civil Defence ambulance in either Al Ghouta or Al Sharqiya, Eastern Ghouta, local media reported. Sources blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime for the raid.

There is some confusion from sources as to where the strikes occurred, with the Syrian Network for Human Rights locating the strikes in Saqba while the Violations Documentation Centre said they occurredin Misraba.

Sources such as the White Helmets reported that a “Russian airstrike directly targeted an ambulance for volunteers in the “Centre 114″, which led to the death of volunteers and wounding five others.”

The Smart News Agency reported: “The civil defense said that one of its volunteers was killed by wounds sustained by a Russian bomb Wednesday, targeting an ambulance carrying members of the civil defense, killing two of them and wounding five others.”

Most sources blamed a Russian airstrike, however, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who named the victims pointed to “Syrian/Russian warplanes”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Three members of the Syrian Civil Defence, killed in airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta, 7th March 2018. (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta, 7th March 2018. (via Sirag.mahmood)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta, 7th March 2018. (via Sirag.mahmood)
  • Three members of the Syrian Civil Defence, killed in airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta, 7th March 2018. (via @Civildefencela1)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]