Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3322

Incident date

March 21, 2018

Location

عين ترما, Ayn 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

Between four and eight civilians, including two children and two women, died in alleged Russian or regime air or artillery or rocket strikes on Ayn Tarma, according to sources on the ground. There were conflicting reports blaming both Russia and the regime, and it remains unclear which party was responsible for the civilian harm.

Initial reporting by @Wesal_TV and @HalabTodayTV put the death toll at four civilians. However, other sources said that this number climbed to six or eight killed.

According to the Smart News Agency, “The town of Ayn Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta of the Syrian capital of Damascus, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, was subjected to dozens of raids from warplanes of Russia and the Syrian regime forces. Additionally, helicopters dropped dozens of barrel bombs, coinciding with artillery shells and rockets, killing eight civilians, including two children and two women”.

Among the victims was journalist and photographer Obaida Abu Omar, who worked for several media to document massacres and destruction in Eastern Ghouta.

Smart wrote: “The house of the photographer Obaida Abu Omar in the town of Ayn Tirma was hit by rocket fire, killing him and injuring other civilians, including his brother and the Smart correspondent in eastern Ghouta. Civilians close to Abu Omar buried his body in a nearby cemetery.”

Smart added: “For several years, Abu Omar worked as a collaborator with Smart and a number of other media. He took photographs of massacres committed by regime forces and Russia in several cities and towns in the eastern Gouta. He also documented several stages in the revolutionary movement and the suffering of those trapped.”

On his Facebook account, Obaida Abu Omar wrote about his colleague Ahmad Hamdan, “who died in a similar bombing a few days” ago. He said that Ahmad Hamdan was “one of the most beautiful roses of Al Ghouta, (…) a man with a beautiful smile and a high morals”.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (2 children2 women)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Reporter "Obaida Abu Omar", killed in airstrikes, 21, March 2018. (via Euphrates Post)
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    One of the victims of the airstrikes on Ein Tirma, March 21, 2018 (via Mohammed Fadhl Abbas on Facebook).
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    One of the victims of the airstrikes on Ein Tarma, March 21, 2018 (via JN News).

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
    4 – 8
  • (2 children2 women)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]