Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3485

Incident date

June 28, 2018

Location

المسيفرة, Al Musayfrah, Dara'a, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 70 civilians including women and children were reported killed in Al Musayfrah in Dara’a on June 28th, as a result of alleged multiple Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on a residential building or a group of shelters that host a group of families, according to local sources. Also dozens of civilians were injured including 19 in critical conditions, among them nine children.

Nariman Al-Kurdi, a child, is the only victim identified by the Syrian Human Rights Committee.

@HadiAlabdallah tweeted that ten civilians were killed “A horrific massacre in the town of Al Musayfrah in Daraa countryside, which resulted in the death of more than ten civilians, including women and children, as a result of targeting residential neighborhoods in the town with several air strikes by Russian warplanes.”

Shaam Network said more that 30 raids by Russian forces targeted the area. “A very terrible massacre took place in the town of Al Musayfrah in rural Daraa, which killed more than 14 martyrs in the preliminary statistics, mostly children, more than 30 violent air raids from Russian crime planes.” Al Hurra News said that 35 raids targeted the area.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that ” 17 of the dead, including five children, were killed in a raid targeting a basement in which they were sheltering in the town of Al Musayfrah, east of the city of Daraa.”

The Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported that “Russian warplanes commit a massacre against civilians, killing 20 people and injuring others in raids targeting the town of Al Musayfrah in the eastern countryside.”

@RevolutionSyria tweeted “A horrific massacre that killed more than twenty martyrs of children and women after a Russian aircraft targeted a house where families gather in the town of # Al Musayfrah in the countryside # Daraa_Al-Sharqi.”

However, Zamanalwasl accused the Syrian regime of the incident and said that “The warplanes of the war regime committed a massacre in the town of Al Musayfrah in eastern Daraa countryside, killing 22 people, including 12 children.” Sources confirmed to Zaman Al-Wasl that the shelling also resulted in the injury of dozens of wounded, including seven children, in a critical condition.

The number of victims kept rising according to local reports, where Masrawy News reported that “the death toll from the aerial bombardment of the town of Al Musayfrah in the eastern countryside of Daraa in Syria has risen to 45 dead and dozens wounded. “44 people were killed and dozens injured, most of them children, of 9 seriously injured, in the aerial bombardment of Russian air on the town of Al Musayfrah in the eastern countryside of Daraa,” a source in the Syrian opposition’s civil defense in Daraa governorate told the German news agency (dpa).”

A local sources told SMART that ” the number of dead reached more than 50 and the number of wounded exceeded 38, most of them are  in critical condition.”

SMART reported that “the Russian aircraft bombed three shelters containing civilians fleeing the bombing, killing about 66 civilians, mostly women and children and wounding dozens, including critical cases.”

In the highest death toll reported, @BassamJaara tweeted that “Russian aviation targets a shelter in the town of Al Musayfrah and the result is more than seventy martyrs, most of them are children.”

SMART Agency reported from a local sources that they are burying victims in mass graves and that the medical services in the town are very limited because of shortages.

Both the Russian forces and the Syrian regime were blamed for this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 70
  • (5–12 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–38
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
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    "A massacre in the town of Al Musayfrah, against children and women, from the Russian Air Force."
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    "More than 30 martyrs and dozens were wounded by the criminal Putin in the town of Al Musayfrah, Daraa."
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    "Urgent 25 martyrs, most of them children and women, in the bombing of a Russian criminal terrorist Asadi on the town of Al Musayfrah in Daraa."
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    "Urgent A horrific massacre in the town of Al Musayfrah in Daraa countryside, which resulted in the death of more than 10 martyrs, including women and children, as a result of targeting residential neighborhoods in the town with several air strikes by Russian warplanes."
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    "More than 20 martyrs, mostly children and women, in the town of Al Musayfrah in the eastern countryside of Daraa, after a Russian raid targeting the town."
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    "This is how Russia's planes tore apart the bodies of our children in Daraa. A horrific massacre that killed more than twenty martyrs of children and women after targeting Russian aircraft for a house where families gather in the town of # Al Musayfrah in the countryside # Daraa_Al-Sharqi."
  • "At least 20 martyrs in Russian raids on the city of Al Musayfrah in the eastern countryside of Daraa."
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    "The massacre is now in Al Musayfrah, Dara`a."
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    Children killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on residential buildings in Al Musayfrah in Dara'a on June 28th, 2018 (via @3amaral7arery)
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    Two children killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on residential buildings in Al Musayfrah in Dara'a on June 28th, 2018 (via @3amaral7arery)
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    Two children killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on residential buildings in Al Musayfrah in Dara'a on June 28th, 2018 (via @3amaral7arery)

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
    10 – 70
  • (5–12 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–38
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]