Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3536

Incident date

September 4, 2018

Location

محمبل, Mhambel, idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to eight civilians including at least two women from the same family were reported killed and many others injured including two children in alleged Russian airstrikes on a market, and on Baidarshmso village in Mhambel in Idlib, Syria on September 4th, 2018.

@SyriaCivilDefe tweeted: “Three women were killed, and a man and two children were injured, as a result of five air strikes on civilian homes in the town of Mhambel, in the western countryside of Idlib.”

Also @HalabTodayTV tweeted that “three civilians were killed by air strikes on the town of Mhambel in the western countryside of Idlib.”

SMART agency reported that Syrian Civil Defense raised the death toll to five. “Five civilians were killed in an air strike on a popular market in the city of Mhambal and three women were wounded in similar shelling on the nearby village of Baidarshamsu, the civil defense said on its Facebook page.”

Many local sources mentioned that the three women were killed and identified two of them. The  Syrian Network for Human Rights said that Russian forces killed two women from the same family in Mhambel village in Idlib suburbs on September 4th. “Mrs. Lama al Saeed, from Mhambel village in Idlib governorate western suburbs, was killed along with her daughter Walaa Saeed al Taha as suspected Russian warplanes fired missiles on Mhambel village.”

Step Agency said that five civilians were injured on this day in popular market in Mhambel. “Five people were also injured by an aerial bombardment targeting a popular market in the town of Muhambal in the western countryside of Idlib. The bombardment targeted the fuel station in the town of Muhambal, resulting in two injuries.”

Orient TV said that Russian forces used vacuum missile in the attack, “which resulted in the wounding of several civilians and the burning of a fuel station in the town.”

Enab baladi reporter said that five men were wounded during a Russian raid that targeted a popular market in the town of Muhambel, while three women were wounded in two air strikes on the village of Pedershmso, south of Muhambal.”

Many sources including Syria TV accused Russian forces of responsibility for the incident. “Three women were also killed and three others, including two children, were wounded in a Russian air strike on the town of Mahambel, with five strikes targeting civilian homes in the town.”

Sputnik News quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as saying “On the same day [September 4], four planes from the Russian air unit deployed at the Hmeymim Airbase carried out strikes on Nusra Front terrorist group targets in Idlib province with precision-guided munitions.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 8
  • (2–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • The moment airstrikes hit Mhambel, 4th Sept 2018. (via Ariha Today)
  • The moment airstrikes hit Mhambel, 4th Sept 2018. (via Ariha Today)
  • The moment airstrikes hit Mhambel, 4th Sept 2018. (via Ariha Today)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Mhambel, 4th Sept 2018. (via Aleppo Today)
  • The moment airstrikes hit Mhambel, 4th Sept 2018. (via Sputnik)
  • Images of airstrikes on Mhambel in Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Images of airstrikes on Mhambel in Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Images of airstrikes on Mhambel in Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Five airstrikes targeted civilian areas in Mhambel, Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Five airstrikes targeted civilian areas in Mhambel, Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Five airstrikes targeted civilian areas in Mhambel, Idlib on Sep 4th, 2018. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 8
  • (2–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (20) [ collapse]