Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3546

Incident date

September 8, 2018

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman was reported killed, and a Syrian Civil Defence photographer and a volunteer got injured when Russian forces or Syrian regime forces targeted a center for White Helmets in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib on Sep 8th, 2018, according to local sources.

Step News said that “The Russian warplanes launched several air raids on the outskirts of the town of Abdeen east of Khan Sheikhoun, also a helicopter attacked with several barrels of explosives the city of Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside Idlib which led to the death of a woman and wounding two civilians.”

Euphrates post said “A video taken by the Civil Defense in Idlib documented the moment of targeting of its team by the warplanes in the vicinity of Khan Sheikhoun. The team photographer and a volunteer got injured. The team also worked to extinguish the fires that broke out as a result of the bombing by the Assad regime and Russia.”

Halab Today TV also accused Russian forces saying “Russian air force targets with missiles in the vicinity of Khan Shikhun south of Idlib and the town of Al-Latamna north of Hama.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that both Russian and the regime targeted a SCD center. “Suspected Russian warplanes fired missiles near Khan Sheikhoun emergency center in Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, then Syrian regime helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on the vicinity of the same center, partially damaging the building of the center and an ambulance, on September 8th.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 8th Sept 2018. (via SN4HR)
  • Footage reporting on the airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, 8th Sept 2018. (via Euphrates)
  • Syrian regime warplanes allegedly targeted the civil defense center in the city of Khan Sheikhoun, south of Idlib, with an explosive barrel, which resulted in the center leaving the service on Sep 8th, 2018 (via SCD)

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
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]