Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3553

Incident date

September 9, 2018

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed and others including his brother injured in Kafar Zeita in Hama on September 9th, 2018 after Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes targeted the town with several barrel bombs, according to local sources.

@SyriaCivilDefe identified the victim as Aref al-Hamada and tweeted “The body of the young man Aref al-Hamada was recovered, and his injured brother was rescued as a result of intense shelling by Russian aviation and helicopter flights, as well as artillery and missile shelling of the town of Kafar Zeita, from morning until now.”

Kafar Zita TV said that Aref’s brother, Uday al-Hamada was injured as a result of the raid and that his leg had to be amputated.

Step Agency reported “One person was killed as a result of wounds he sustained after a helicopter bombarded with explosive barrels the town of Kafar Zaita in the northern countryside of Hama.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also said “Aref Mohammad al Hamada was killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped a barrel bomb on a main street in Kafr Zita city in Hama governorate northern suburbs, on September 9th, 2018.”

@SyriaCivilDefe said that Russia and the Syrian regime are both responsible for this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Arif Mohammed Hamada, killed in airstrikes on Kafar Zeita, 9th Set 2018. (via Kafar Zita TV)
  • Uday Hamada, injured in airstrikes on Kafar Zeita, 9th Set 2018. (via Kafar Zita TV)
  • Arif Mohammed Hamada, killed in airstrikes on Kafar Zeita, 9th Set 2018. (via SN4HR)
  • SCD volunteer pulling out body of Aref Hamada who was killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zaita on Sep 9th, 2018 (via Civil Defence)
  • SCD volunteer pulling out body of Aref Hamada who was killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zaita on Sep 9th, 2018 (via Civil Defence)
  • SCD volunteer pulling out body of Aref Hamada who was killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zaita on Sep 9th, 2018 (via Civil Defence)
  • Image of the targeting of the city of Kafar Zaita and its surroundings by helicopters with several explosive barrels. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Aref Mohammad al Hamada killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped a barrel bomb on a main street in Kafr Zita city in Hama governorate northern suburbs, on September 9th, 2018. (via SNHR)
  • Aref Al-Hamada was killed as a result of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zaita on September 9th,, 2018. (via Firas Al Bakkour).
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    Aref Al Hamada killed as a result of airstrikes on Kafar Zaita on Sep 9th, 2018 (via Abo Al Hareth).

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 man)
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]