Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3303

Incident date

March 19, 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

At least seven civilians, including a child and two women, were killed in air and/or artillery strikes on the city of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, March 19th 2018, as reported by local sources. Reports blamed both the Syrian regime and Russia for the incident.

The Violations Documentation Center (VDC) of Syria documented the names of seven victims. Step News Agency stated that Russian warplanes launched more than forty airstrikes in the morning and that the death toll had risen to nine civilians.

The Syrian Civil Defence spoke of more than 50 airstrikes, in addition to artillery and missile shelling. The number of injured is unclear. Several sources reported the use of white phosphorus. @Omar_Madaniah, for example, published footage of alleged white phosphorus use after the strike. @MediaCenterfr mentioned the use of explosive barrels from helicopters.

@SyriaCiviDefe tweeted that “civil defence teams were able to recover a woman alive from the rubble of her destroyed house by airstrikes on residential neighbourhoods in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.” The SCD also reported that their teams were directly targeted by artillery shells when trying to evacuate a number of wounded due to earlier air and artillery strikes.

Two White Helmets volunteers were reportedly injured when the roof of a house collapsed on them when they were searching for survivors.

 

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (1 child2 women4 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 (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 19th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 19th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 19th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes, 19th March 2018. (via Douma Revolution)
  • Footage of alleged white phosphor after the aistrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers were able to rescue a women from underneath the rubble after airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via SyriaCivilDefe).
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    Footage of Syrian Civil Defense volunteers being targeted with artillery during their rescue operation after airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Footage of the alleged white phosphorus attack on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @HalabTodayTV).
  • Footage of the alleged white phosphorus attack on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @HalabTodayTV).
  • Footage of the alleged white phosphorus attack on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @HalabTodayTV).
  • An UN convoy with humanitarian aid for Douma's civilians was bombed on March 19th 2018 (via @omranTaffour).
  • An UN convoy with humanitarian aid for Douma's civilians was bombed on March 19th 2018 (via @omranTaffour).
  • An UN convoy with humanitarian aid for Douma's civilians was bombed on March 19th 2018 (via @omranTaffour).
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    A child killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @AJArabic).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @AJArabic).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @AJArabic).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @AJArabic).
  • Injured member of the Syrian Civil Defence after the airstrikes on Douma, March 19th 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (1 child2 women4 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 (31) [ collapse]