Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3326

Incident date

March 22, 2018

Location

حارم, Harem, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.212564, 36.519736 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 34 and 43 civilians were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on a popular market area in the city of Harem, Idlib, on Thursday afternoon. The estimated number of injured civilians goes from “dozens” to 70 people.

Initial reports estimated the death toll at around 20 civilians, but the Syrian Civil Defence stated that they were still pulling bodies from underneath the rubble. The final count of the Syrian Civil Defence put the death toll at 43. The Violations Documentation in Syria (VDC) has listed 34 victims, of which 30 were identified. According to Baladi News, several charred bodies were found in the centre of the targeted market.

Reporter Zaman Al Wasl reported that Russian aircraft carried out several raids with highly explosive materials. Other sources stated the market was raided twice.

Zaman Al Wasl wrote that a four-storey apartment building near the market was destroyed. Several other sources reported that a school was also hit in the strike, resulting in the death of many children.

An eyewitness told Enab Baladi that the shelling came without hearing any sound of aircraft in the air. He explained that the raids coincided with the busiest time of the day at the market, and that many residential buildings and shops were destroyed.

@OrientNews reported that a mosque was also targeted by raids, and reported the use of high explosive rockets. Arabi21 reported that “Russian aircraft launched from the airport Hmeimim in Latakia and carried out an attack on the city of Harem.”

Several sources, such as Qasioun, reported that the incident occured in the evening, while Halab Today TV reported the incident occured in the afternoon.

A source in the Syrian Civil Defence told New Arab that “the extent of the destruction caused by the bombing is very large, which prevented the arrival of ambulances to the targeted place”. According to Baladi News, the “Syrian Civil Defence teams brought in teams from other areas because the city teams were unable to recover the victims and the injured due to the high number of casualties, while hospitals and medical centres were full of wounded and injured. Many of them were taken to Bab Al-Hawa Hospital and another section was admitted to Turkey.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (3)

Family members (2)

Family members (4)

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    34 – 43
  • (10–17 children2–8 women24 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–70
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (40) [ collapse]

Media
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    The aftermath of airstrikes, 22 March 2018. (via Step)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes 22 March 2018. (via Edlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes 22 March 2018. (via Edlib Media Centre)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes 22 March 2018. (via Edlib Media Centre)
  • The Syrian Civil Defence trying to find people buried under the rubble after the airstrike, 22 March 2018.
  • The Syrian Civil Defence trying to find people buried under the rubble after the airstrike, 22 March 2018.
  • The Syrian Civil Defence trying to find people buried under the rubble after the airstrike, 22 March 2018.
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    Dead children in the aftermath of airstrikes, 22 March 2018 (via @Wesal_TV).
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    Dead child after the airstrike, 22 March 2018 (via @s5BExioG89qQJOr).
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    Dead child after the airstrike, 22 March 2018 (via @s5BExioG89qQJOr).
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    Dead child after the airstrike, 22 March 2018 (via @s5BExioG89qQJOr).
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    Dead child after the airstrike, 22 March 2018 (via @s5BExioG89qQJOr).
  • Aftermath of airstrikes, 22 March 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Aftermath of airstrikes, 22 March 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Two children who were pulled from under the rubble, 22 March 2018 (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Edlib Media Centre).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Edlib Media Centre).
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    The aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Edlib Media Centre).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Edlib Media Centre).
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Qasioum News).
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    Bodies collected on the streets after the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Arabi21 News).
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    Victim of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018, receiving medical help (via Eldorar).
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    Victim of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018, receiving medical help (via Eldorar).
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    Victim of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Eldorar)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
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    Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
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    Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
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    Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Zaman Al Wasl news).
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Zaman Al Wasl news).
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Nedaa News).
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    Victims of the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd, 2018, receiving medical care (via Halab Today TV).
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    Syrian Civil Defence volunteers pulling bodies from underneath the rubble after airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Halab Today TV).
  • Footage of the aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Baladi News).
  • Footage of the aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via Thiqa Agency).
  • One of the victims who was killed in the airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018. His name is Mustafa, but it is unclear what his last name was (via Facebook).
  • Footage of the aftermath of airstrikes on Harem, March 22nd 2018 (via SY Plus).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    34 – 43
  • (10–17 children2–8 women24 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–70
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (40) [ collapse]