Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3595

Incident date

March 9, 2019

Location

قرية المنطار في جسر الشغور, Al Mentar village, Jisr Al Shoughour, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

34.753487, 35.937991 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that up to two women and a child died and several other civilians were wounded in an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Mentar village. All sources pointed to Russia.

Shaam News Network said that one woman died, though according to Step News Agency two women and a girl were killed. JisrTV also noted the deaths of “two women and a child”.

@abuhuzaifa_ tweeted a video showing “the moment a child was saved from the rubble of his destroyed home.” The source added that the child survived but his mother – whose body was recovered – died.

Moscow denied carrying out strikes. The Russian Ministry of Defence said:  “The information published by a number of Russian media outlets quoting ‘military sources’ about Russian airstrikes on targets in the province of Idlib, does not fully correspond to reality. The Russian space air force has not hit any targets in the area.”

A Syrian Civil Defence team attended the scene of the incident and were then reportedly struck during the rescue operation (see incident R3386 for further details).

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • The White Helmets at the scene of an airstrike on Mentar, March 9th.
  • The White Helmets rescue a child alive from the rubble of his home after an alleged Russian airstrike on AL Mentar, March 9th. His mother reportedly died.
  • Footage of an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Mentar, March 9th.
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the village of Al Mentar twice on March 9th, 2019 (via Jorf News).
  • On March 9th, alleged Russian airstrikes targeted the village of Al Mentar twice (via @AsMHoLXvS4WyyHF).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (23) [ collapse]