Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3429

Incident date

May 6, 2018

Location

Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.814269, 36.31994 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Three or four civilians were killed and several others were wounded by airstrikes on the town of Jisr al Shoughour in Idlib Governorate on May 6th 2018. Women and children were reportedly among the casualties.

A Baladi News correspondent added that civil defence teams rushed to the site after the strikes to rescue the injured and retrieve the bodies of the martyrs.

There was some confusion regarding who was responsible for the strikes. Sham Network claimed that the town was hit by a “double aerial bombardment” – first by a regime helicopter that dropped “several explosive barrels on the city […] followed by a direct raid by Russian warplanes on Al-Qalaa district in the center of the city.”

The Edlib Media Center implied over several Facebook posts that the initial helicopter attack was orchestrated by the Syrian regime, and the subsequent airstrikes were conducted by Russian warplanes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the two attacks were “in conjunction” with one another.

Vacuum missiles, barrel explosives and rockets were alleged to have been used in these attacks. Zeitoun reported that In addition to the human cost, Zeitoun reported that the strikes caused major damage to the city, having damaged “Al-Adawiya, Ja’far ibn Abi Talib Mosque, Askif Mosque and civilian houses”.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–24
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Civil Defense teams (White Helmets) attempted to retrieve the bodies of martyrs and rescue the wounded in the wake of airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Governorate on May 6th 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense teams (White Helmets) attempted to retrieve the bodies of martyrs and rescue the wounded in the wake of airstrikes on Jisr al-Shaghour in Idlib Governorate on May 6th 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe and the Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Civil Defense teams (White Helmets) attempted to retrieve the bodies of martyrs and rescue the wounded in the wake of airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Governorate on May 6th 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe Jisr Media Center)
  • An image showing a cloud of smoke above Jisr al-Shughour caused by airstrikes on the city on 6th May 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe and Jisr Media Center)
  • An image that shows the damage caused by airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • An image that shows the damage caused by airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Several structures, including mosques and residential houses, were destroyed by airstrikes in Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Several structures, including mosques and residential houses, were destroyed by airstrikes in Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Several structures, including mosques and residential houses, were destroyed by airstrikes in Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Syrian Defense workers looked for survivors and the bodies of martyrs following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • Syrian Defense workers rescue a man from the rubble following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • A Syrian Defense worker runs through the smoke and rubble following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • Syrian Defense workers looked for survivors and the bodies of martyrs following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • Syrian Defense workers rescue a wounded child following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • Syrian Defense workers look for survivors and the bodies of martyrs following the airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughour on May 6th 2018. (via Jisr Media Center)
  • Translation: "Four civilians were killed and six others wounded on Sunday (May 6th, 2018) in a bombardment by warplanes likely to be Russian on the city of Jisr al-Shughour, west of the city of Idlib in northern Syria.
  • Translation: "Four martyrs and several civilian casualties as an initial toll in the town of Jisr al-Shaghoor in Idlib's western countryside, after being targeted by several airborne missiles of the regime's forces. The Civil Defense teams are working to pull out the martyrs and the wounded and search for those trapped under the rubble."

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 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–24
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (22) [ collapse]