Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3554

Incident date

September 9, 2018

Location

الهبيط, Al Habit, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two children were reported killed and up to six other civilians were injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on September 9th, 2018, according to local sources.

@HadiAlabdallah tweeted “Umayya Ayman Al-Ruz, a displaced girl from the town of Khattab in the Hama countryside. This beautiful baby girl was killed by Russian aircraft today in the town of Al-Habit in Idlib countryside.”

In another variation of the victim’s name. the Syrian Network for Human Rights said “The infant Amina Ayman al Rez was killed as Syrian regime helicopters dropped gas cylinders on al Habit village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on September 9th.”

Hamah Now identified the second child killed as Yousef Al Ibrahim. “The martyrdom of the child Yousef Ibrahim from the displaced people of the village of Serhein in the southern suburbs of Hama, as a result of Russian air strikes on the town of Habit south of Idlib.”

From their side, @SyriaCivilDefe raised the death and casualties toll and tweeted “The death toll of martyrs in the town of Al-Habit has increased to two child martyrs and six wounded, after a brutal bombing campaign with more than twenty explosive mines by helicopters, which the town was subjected to this afternoon.”

Violations Documentation Center identified the two child victims as Yousef al-Ibraheme  and Umayya Ayman Al-Ruz.

FreedeirEzzorRadio said that around 40 raids targeted areas in Idlib and Hama on that day. Step Agency posted images showing the huge amount of destruction to civilian houses as a result of the attack.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via Step News Agency)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via Step News Agency)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via Step News Agency)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via Step News Agency)
  • The aftermath of airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via Step News Agency)
  • Amina Ayman al Rez, killed in airstrikes on Al Habit, 9th Sept 2018. (via SN4HR)
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    The infant Umayya Al Ruzz was killed in Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on Sep 9th, 2018 (via Hadi AlAbdalla)
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    Child Yousef Al Ibrahim was killed in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on September 9th, 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on Sep 9th, 2018 and SCD volunteers seen in the location. (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on Sep 9th, 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
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    A Syrian Civil Defense volunteer seen carrying the body of the infant Umayya Al Ruz after she was killed by Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Habit in Idlib on Sep 9th, 2018 (via @SyriaCivilDefe)

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
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]