Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3419

Incident date

April 29, 2018

Location

معرزيتا ومخيم للنازحين بلقرب منها, Marzita and an IDP camp nearby, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.555418, 36.573707 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to two civilians were reported killed and seven others injured in an alleged Russian airstrike or Syrian regime shelling of the Al Walid IDP camp near the town of Marzita in southern Idlib countryside.

The rockets came at night, striking a two-room school and many of the inhabited tents, according to Shaam News.

Marzita itself was also hit causing the Kabir Mosque to collapse. Syrian Civil Defense teams said they pulled one woman from the rubble. They also said that “A male civilian was killed and seven injured when four warplanes targeted a military camp and displaced civilians near the town of Marzita in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), “suspected Russian warplanes fired missile on al Kabir Mosque in the middle of Ma’ar Zita village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, partially damaging its building, severely damaging its furniture, and rendering it inoperable, on April 29, 2018.”

In a separate post, SN4HR said “suspected Russian warplanes [had] fired missiles on al Walid Camp northwest of Ma’ar Zita village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, killing an IDP, and damaging the camp facilities severely”.

Shaam Network reported that vacuum missiles were used in the bombings.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • An aerial bombardment targets the village of Ma'arzita south of Idlib (Smart News, April 2018)
  • Air raids targeting the mosque of the village of Marzita in south Idlib (Qasioun News Agency, April 2018)
  • Victims and destruction in the bombing of the Russian occupation aircraft on the town of Marzita rural Idlib (Orient News, April 2018)
  • Warplanes hit camps for displaced people and civilian homes (Syrian Civil Defense, April 2018)
  • Warplanes hit camps for displaced people and civilian homes (Syrian Civil Defense, April 2018)
  • Warplanes hit camps for displaced people and civilian homes (Syrian Civil Defense, April 2018)
  • The effects of the destruction resulting from the bombing (Shaam News, April 2018)
  • The effects of the destruction resulting from the bombing (Shaam News, April 2018)
  • The effects of the destruction resulting from the bombing (Shaam News, April 2018)

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, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]