Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3593

Incident date

February 28, 2019

Location

خان شيخون,, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

One named adult male civilian died and several others were wounded in alleged Russian or regime artillery shelling on Khan Sheikhoun on February 28th, 2019, local media reported. Most sources blamed regime forces stationed at Qabariya camp, though Smart – citing activists – pointed to Russian forces.

According to Orient News, “Assad militia targeted the city of Khan Sheikhoun with more than 20 artillery and missile shells, killing at least one civilian and injuring two others.”

@FB83a9CJaVKcK9P said the city’s Al Shouhada’ mosque had been bombed and published images showing damage.

Enab Baladi blamed a “rocket and artillery bombardment” for the death of one civilian and injury of several others.

Enab Baladi’s correspondent added that “the shelling targeted eastern neighbourhoods in Khan Sheikhoun, causing extensive damage to homes, as well as human casualties.”

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 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Destruction in Khan Sheikhoun, Feb 28th 2019 (via Horrya)
  • Destruction to the city's Al Shouhada’ following the strikes on Feb 28th 2019.
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  • Translation: “Khan Sheikhoun-Idlib-Syria. There is no power but from God. Children and women displaced by the crimes of Assad and the world is silent” (via @hart_leon55).
  • Al Shouhada’ Mosque in Khan Sheikhoun was reportedly targeted in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on February 28th, 2019 (via @FB83a9CJaVKcK9P).
  • Al Shouhada’ Mosque in Khan Sheikhoun was reportedly damaged in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on February 28th, 2019 (via @FB83a9CJaVKcK9P).
  • Inside of Al Shouhada’ Mosque in Khan Sheikhoun, which was reportedly targeted in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on February 28th, 2019 (via @FB83a9CJaVKcK9P).

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 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]