Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3592

Incident date

February 24, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.44208, 36.65095 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A civilian man and a woman died and up to six civilians were wounded in alleged regime or Russian air and artillery strikes on Khan Sheikhoun on February 24th, 2019, according to sources on the ground.

@abuhuzaifa_ noted “5 days of continuous and daily shelling of my city”, stating that the smell of blood was everywhere.

According to the Smart News Agency, “one person was killed and others wounded by rocket-propelled grenades of the regime and Russia on the city of Khan Sheikhoun south of Idlib.”

Kafar Zeita reported “the martyrdom of “Bashar Ahmad al Taha” in a missile bombardment by the Russian camps on the city of Khan Sheikhoun.”

The White Helmets said that “a young man died and six other civilians were injured in shelling of the residential areas of the city of #Khan_Sheikhoun with high-explosive missiles land-to-land missiles by the regime forces.”

Horrya – also pointing to the regime – was alone in reporting the death of a woman, adding that “five other civilians” were wounded by regime artillery.

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 – 2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: "The martyrdom of the young Bashar Ahmad al-Taha and the injury of several people resulting from the barbaric shelling of the city of Khan Sheikhun by the Assad militia God is enough, and yes, the agent.”
  • The White Helmets attend the scene in Khan Sheikhoun following strikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via White Helmets)
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    The White Helmets attend the scene in Khan Sheikhoun following strikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene in Khan Sheikhoun following strikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene in Khan Sheikhoun following strikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via White Helmets)
  • Translation: 'Destruction within the alleys and streets. Everywhere, wherever you walk around the city and behind it the smells of the blood of its owners who have become victims under the rubble ... 15 days of continuous and daily shelling of my city. Khan Sheikhoun'
  • More scenes of destruction in Khan Sheikhoun.
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    Warning: extremely graphic: the dead body of Bashar Ahmad al-Taha. (via @sakeraldeen - twitter account now suspended, though Airwars has archived the image)
  • Smoke rises above Khan Sheikhoun following airstrikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via Enab Baladi)
  • Smoke rises above Khan Sheikhoun following airstrikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via Enab Baladi)
  • Smoke rises above Khan Sheikhoun following airstrikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via Enab Baladi)
  • Smoke rises above Khan Sheikhoun following airstrikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via Enab Baladi)
  • Smoke rises above Khan Sheikhoun following airstrikes on Feb 24th 2019 (via Enab Baladi)

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 – 2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]