Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3520

Incident date

July 17, 2018

Location

عين التينة, Ein al Teena, Quneitra, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 15 civilians including four women and five children were reported killed and others injured when Russian forces or Syrian regime forces attacked with airstrikes a school used as a shelter for IDPs in Ein al Teena in Quneitra, Syria on July 17th, 2018.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said ” At least eight civilians, including children and women, most of them are from the same family, were killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a school sheltering IDPs in Ein al Teena village in Quneitra governorate southern suburbs, on July 17th, 2018.”

@Obadaalshamii tweeted “The death of a whole family of ten people, in the town of Ain Al-Teenah in the countryside of Quneitra, after helicopters  targeted a school used as a shelter for displaced people in the countryside of Dara’a with explosive barrels.”

For Southern Syria Facebook page posted “A massacre of ten civilians, most of them are children and women, when a school building sheltering displaced people in the countryside of Quneitra was targeted.”

Shaam Network said that most of the victims belong to one family. “Activists from Dara’a Martyrs Documentation Office confirmed that at least ten displaced civilians were killed, and some injured are in critical conditions what might  raise the death toll. They also confirmed that among the martyrs was a whole family of displaced people from the city of Al-Hara, who fled for fear of bombing and killing.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights raised the death toll to fourteen. “The number of citizens who were killed and documented by the SOHR in the massacre which took place as a result of the bombardment on Ayn al-Tinah town today morning, July 17th, 2018 has risen to 14.”

@syria7ra said a compound of school was targeted with ‘high-explosive missiles.’

A Facebook page called ‘We are all the child martyr Hamza Ali al Khateeb’ posted “More than 15 martyrs of women and children displaced from Daraa to the Quneitra  countryside were killed by al-Assad this morning.”

Local sources blamed Russia only, the Syrian regime only or both of them.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 15
  • (3–5 children2–4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–10
  • 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

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Media
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    Two dead children in the aftermath of airstrikes, 17th July 2018. (via We are all the child martyr Hamza Ali al Khateeb)
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    Bodies in the aftermath of airstrikes, 17th July 2018. (via For Southern Syria)
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    Bodies in the aftermath of airstrikes, 17th July 2018. (via For Southern Syria)
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    Bodies in the aftermath of airstrikes, 17th July 2018. (via Euphrates Post)
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    An infant killed as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime's airstrike on a shelter for IDPs in Ain al Teenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @Obadaalshamii).
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    A child killed as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime's airstrike on a shelter for IDPs in Ain al Teenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @Obadaalshamii).
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    A civilian killed as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime's airstrike on a shelter for IDPs in Ain al Teenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @3amaral7arery).
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    Bodies of civilians killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ain Alteenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @AyatOrabi55.)
  • Destruction in civilian houses after an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ain Alteenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @AyatOrabi55.)
  • Destruction in civilian houses after an alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ain Alteenah in Quneitera, Syria on July 17th, 2018 (via @AyatOrabi55.)
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    Civilians, likely from the same family, killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ain alTeenah in Quneitera on July 17th, 2018 (via @okpazobany)
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    Civilians, likely from the same family, killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ain alTeenah in Quneitera on July 17th, 2018 (via @okpazobany)

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
    7 – 15
  • (3–5 children2–4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–10
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]