Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3283

Incident date

March 16, 2018

Location

حرستا, Harasta, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.55869, 36.36515 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least six civilians, including a child, were killed in airstrikes on residential areas of the city of Harasta on March 16th, as reported by several sources. It remains unclear whether the Russian military or the Syrian regime was responsible for the strike.

Six victims have been named, but Jobar News counted nine or 10 victims in total. Several sources mention “many injured”, but the exact numbers remain unclear.

@EuphratesPost reported that the airstrike was conducted by Russian warplanes, whereas others such as @SyrianScene accused the Syrian regime. Sources mention the use of cluster bombs.

Damascus News writes that airstrikes, rocket shelling and shelling with drones took place. The Syrian Civil Defence reported that the city was targeted with 35 Russian airstrikes, including eight raids with cluster bombs and four raids with napalm, 13 barrels from helicopters and more than 27 surface-to-surface missiles.

Harasta City Post blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime and reported 43 airstrikes in total, in addition to 45 surface-to-surface missiles, 17 explosive barrels and intensive artillery shelling on the city.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Airstrikes on Harasta, March 16th 2018 (via @EuphratesPost).
  • Airstrikes on Harasta, March 16th 2018 (via @EuphratesPost).
  • Airstrikes on Harasta, March 16th 2018 (via @EuphratesPost).

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
    6 – 10
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]