Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3307

Incident date

March 19, 2018

Location

عين ترما, Ein Tarma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.51602, 36.35078 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

At least three civilians were reportedly killed, and  others – including woman and children – were injured in an alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime forces airstrike on Ein Tarma town in Eastern Ghouta, March 19th, 2018, according to local media sources.

Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) said on their Facebook page that “Russian warplanes targeted residential areas with an air strike at 7:30 AM, destroying a building on its residents and causing civilian casualties. After three hours of work, two children, two women and a man were rescued from the rubble. The teams were unable to retrieve the bodies of the martyrs”.

@aboalhodaalhoms  published images of some of the casualties, including two pictures of children; in one of the pictures the child was obviously dead; in the second it was unclear whether the victim had been killed or seriously wounded.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), Smart News Agency and Shahba news blamed the Russian forces and the Syrian regime forces, while Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) pointed to Russian forces as responsible.

According to the Violations Documentation Centre, three unidentified adult males were killed in warplane shelling by the “Syrian government and affiliated militias”.

According to SMART Agency “The civil defense said civilians were killed and wounded as a result of a raid by Russian warplanes on the town of Ein Tirma (6 km east of Damascus), but the intensity of the shelling did not allow the bodies to be pulled from the rubble, where the number remained unknown while the volunteers managed to take out two children, two women and a man only.”

The Step News Agency noted “10 raids on Ein Tarma town”.

The incident occured at approximately 7:30 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1–2 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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
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  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian regime forces on Ein Tarma, March 19th, 2018. (Barada)
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    A child killed in an alleged Russian or Syrian regime forces on Ein Tarma, March 19th, 2018. (DMC)
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    A child killed in an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime forces airstrike on Ein Tarma, March 19th, 2018. (DMC)
  • A child injured in an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime forces airstrike on Ein Tarma in Eastern Ghouta, March 19th, 2018. (DMC)

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
    3 – 5
  • (1–2 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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]