Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3302

Incident date

March 18, 2018

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Thirteen civilians, including five children and three women, were killed by airstrikes on residential areas of the city of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on March 18th, 2018. Conflicting reports blame both Russia and the Assad regime for the strikes.

The Violations Documentation Center (VDC) in Syria documented the death of 13 civilians, some members of the same families. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported at least 12 deaths, including five children and three women. Smart News reported “dozens of wounded”.

@HalabTodayTV reported the deaths of four martyrs, including two women and a child. @zeaad1982 reported the use of chlorine gas, stating that this had led to the suffocation of ten civilians, mainly children. Several sources reported that the incident occured during the night.

Douma Revolution reported that UN aid was targeted, publishing photos of aid supplies in the rubble.

@zahran12311 reported that there had been more than 25 airstrikes by Russian warplanes, in addition to the use of chemical weapons on civilians.  Activists told Smart News Agency that the Syrian regime’s helicopters had fired explosive drums and more than forty artillery and surface-to-surface-missiles.

Smart News Agency wrote that “hundreds of civilians and infrastructure damaged, despite UN resolution 2401 on a 30-day truce in Syria and the lifting of the siege on cities and towns including Ghouta.”

The incident occured during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (3)

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13
  • (5 children3 women5 men)
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]

Media
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    Dead children in the aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Dead children in the aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 18th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • Footage of the aftermath of the airstrikes on Douma, March 18th 2018 (via Kumayet Agency).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Douma, Eastern Ghouta, March 18th 2018 (via @dr_wasfy).

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
    13
  • (5 children3 women5 men)
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]