Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3354

Incident date

March 31, 2018

Location

بسنقول, Bsanqoul, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.806667, 36.496667 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to eight civilians including five children and three women were reported killed and several others injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Bsanqoul village in Idlib, Syria on March 31st, 2018 according to local sources.

Shaam Network said that Russian warplanes targeted the town of Bsanqoul with several missiles that hit the homes of civilians leading to a massacre of a family of five, three children and two women,in addition to a number wounded.

Initially, the Syrian Civil Defense said that “the girl Hala Mohammad Baidaq was killed, along with her sister Jana and her mother, Nour Rashed Baidaq, by a missile from a warplane believed to be Russian in the east of Bsanqoul village in Idlib governorate western suburbs, causing a massacre, on March 31st.”

Later, the Syrian Civil Defense said its teams worked to retrieve three women and five martyr children and to rescue others injured after “brutal raids on civilian homes in the town of Bsanqoul”. Shaam Network said that five of the victims (three children and two women) belong to the same family.

Abo Ibrahim Ta’ta’ mentioned five of the victims on his FB page. They are: Zina Musa Sajnawi, Jana Muhammad Baydak (child), Hala Muhammad Baydak (child), Noor Rashid Baydak and Muhammad Hamid Abdul Razzaq (infant). It’s worth to mention that the same source mentioned Nour Rashid Baydak and Hala Rashid Baydak as  victims in another airstrike (see incident R3151).

@HalabTodayTV put the death toll at eight and reported that “The death toll from the Russian airstrike on the village of Basnakul in the southern Idlib countryside has risen to eight martyrs, five children and three women.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 8
  • (2–5 children1–3 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Hala Mohammad Baidaq, killed in airstrikes, 31st March 2018. (via SN4HR)
  • Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians after an airstrike on Bsanqoul in Idlib on March 31st, 2018 (via SCD)
  • A toy stained with blood after an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Bsanqoul in Idlib on March 31st, 2018 which led to deaths among children. (via SCD)
  • Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians after an airstrike on Bsanqoul in Idlib on March 31st, 2018 (via SCD)
  • A man showing images of two of the children killed in the airstrike on Bsanqoul. The youngest is Hala and the oldest is Jana. (via Orient TV).

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 – 8
  • (2–5 children1–3 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 (20) [ collapse]