Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3266

Incident date

March 14, 2018

Location

حمورية, Hamouriya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.528464, 36.389472 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

In a major incident, between 12 and 15 civilians including multiple members from several families were reported killed in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the town of Hamourya. There were also reports of the use of “toxic gases” in the attacks.

@Baraa_Abdul tweeted: The regime is targeting the town of Hamourya with toxic gases now and there are civilian victims

Helicopters committed a massacre in Hamourya and civilian victims are under the rubble. No one pulls them out or rescues the wounded among them”.

According to, @abazeid89: “The situation in Hamourya since yesterday is that Russia has burned and destroyed the city almost completely. Families remained under the basements and could not flee under the shelling towards the rest of Ghouta, some of them came out and were killed. A major assault to storm the city by Russian aviation continues, 5,000 civilians under cellars are threatened with extermination”.

@SiegeWatch noted: “Reports that a convoy of fleeing civilians was directly targeted by an airstrike. New chemical attack, chlorine suspected

“2/ For many in #Hamouriya #حمورية, today is quite literally doomsday. The SCD rescuers are overwhelmed and cannot reach the dead and dying. The town is being demolished.

“3/ Rough estimates that the Syrian government and its allies have bombed Hamouriya today w/ 200+ airstrikes, 100+ barrel bombs, and hundreds of other missiles and mortars. Chemical weapons (chlorine likely), incendiary weapons, and cluster munitions all used. Annihilation”.

Smart added that “One of the strikes targeted the Civil Defense Center in the town directly, which led to his departure from service due to the heavy damage to equipment and mechanisms. We were told that  teams were unable to document all the victims as a result of the destruction of the center”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Ibraheem al-Erbini Adult male killed
  • Haytham Ibraheem al-Erbini Child male killed
  • Safa Ibraheem al-Erbini Child female
  • Khajo al-Erbini Adult female killed
  • Amineh al-Erbini Adult female

Family members (2)

  • Mohammad al-Naddaf Adult male killed
  • Ammar al-Naddaf Adult male killed

Family members (3)

  • Mohammad Mostafa Yasin Child male killed
  • Obada Mostafa Yasin Child male killed
  • Dania Zeno (mother of the two former children) Adult female killed
  • Ahmad Hamdan Adult male "Media activist and rebel"/ "reporter for Ghouta Media Center". killed
  • Mohammad al-Rihani Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Issa Adult male killed
  • Mohammad Khair Tomeh Adult male killed
  • Ahmad al-Gemayel Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 15
  • (4 children3 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]

Media
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    Two children, killed in airstrikes on Hamouriya, 14th March 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Ahmad Hamdan, killed in airstrikes on Hamouriya, 14th March 2018. (via Euphrates)
  • Ahmed Hamdan, killed in airstrikes on Hamouriya, 14th March 2018. (via Euphrates)
  • Translation: "Media activist and rebel Sadeq Ahmed Hamdan is a martyr today following the Russian bombardment on Hamourya city in Ghouta."
  • Translation: "Martyrdom of the Media (Ahmad Hamdan) As a result of air strikes that targeted residential neighborhoods in the town of # Hammourya"
  • Translation: "Ahmad al-Gemayel is a martyr in an air strike targeting Hamourya in Eastern Ghouta"

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 type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 15
  • (4 children3 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]