Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3286

Incident date

March 16, 2018

Location

حزة, Hazza, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.52034, 36.36494 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians, including a woman and possibly two children, were killed by alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Hazza, Eastern Ghouta, as reported by local sources. An unknown number of civilians was wounded.

Hazza Media Center reported that two civilians, naming one of them as Safiya Al Zekri from Saqba, were killed by three airstrikes and that a large number of wounded. Human Rights Organisation in Syria MAF named Mohiy Alddin Orab as another victim.

Syrian Civil Defense put the death toll at seven on Twitter. Syrian Revolution also News reported that seven civilians had been killed, including a woman and two children, mentioning “14 airstrikes, 10 barrel bombs, more than 70 rockets, rocket launchers and heavy artillery, as well as two rockets loaded with cluster bombs.”

@dmshkiaa tweeted that there had been more “more than 13 Russian airstrikes and three barrels of helicopter gunships targeted at civilians.”

Shaam News, among other sources, wrote that chlorine gas was used in the airstrikes. They also reported the use of white phosphorus and napalm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

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
    2 – 7
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]