Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3548

Incident date

September 8, 2018

Location

السرج, Al Sarj, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A pregnant woman was killed with her baby, and others including a woman injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime forces airstrike or artillery attack with rockets on Al Sarj village in Idlib on September 8th, 2018, according to local sources. The victim was identified as Ola Riyad Al-Daher. 

Bawabat Hama posted “Mrs. Ola Riyad Al-Daher, an IDP from the northern village of Al-Fann in the eastern Hama countryside, was killed with her fetus as a result of the shelling that targeted the Sarj village in the Idlib countryside.”

Also SMART News said that “A pregnant woman was also killed and another wounded by shelling Al Saraj village east of Idlib from its positions in Um Rajim village, according to activists.”

Most sources blamed the Syrian regime for this incident, but Shaam Network said that “The Russian warplanes and the Syrian Air Force continued bombardments in a new campaign of escalation, recording dozens of air strikes accompanied by heavy artillery and rocket fire. The indiscriminate shelling led to a martyr in the village of Al-Halba and to killing a  woman and  her embryo in the village of Al-Sarj.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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 and/or Artillery
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]