Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3597

Incident date

March 9, 2019

Location

سراقب, Saraqeb, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.859101, 36.797731 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that one child died and five members of his family were wounded in alleged regime or Russian artillery or airstrikes on Saraqeb. Additionally, an adult male was also reported killed on this day.

According to Halab Today TV, “since yesterday [March 9th], the city of Idlib has been subjected to Russian air strikes targeting medical facilities including Al-Hayat Hospital, and the blood bank [and emergency services] in the city of Sarqib. Civil defense centres and residential areas have also been attacked”.

@yasinaboraed reported a strike by both the regime and Russian on a civil defense centre, while @gH8ytDcQWj5RrrY noted that “planes destroyed the obstetric hospital in Saraqib” – and that casualties were expected. A report by Amnesty (below) also noted these attacks on vital medical facilities.

According to @YusufAd37777161, the family of the dead child (Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen) were originally “from the town of Al Nahla near the city of Jericho” and had then moved to Saraqeb. Five of them were wounded; Ahmed himself died.

A number of other sources said that a lawyer, named Hussein Al Dahir Abu Yamen, was also killed – and blamed rockets and artillery fire.

Amnesty reported on this latest incident – and the ongoing bombardment of the area: “In Saraqeb, on 9 March, Syrian government forces dropped four munitions in an aerial attack that struck al-Hayat hospital, a blood bank, an ambulance response unit, and Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets – all located within 100 meters of each other – according to four witnesses.

“The witnesses said that the explosions caused serious damage to the structures and injured a staff member from the ambulance response unit. The al-Hayat hospital was shut down after the attack and patients in critical condition were transferred to other nearby hospitals while others were sent home, residents said.

“Witnesses told Amnesty International that two civilians – a 25-year-old man and a child – were killed on the same day in aerial attacks on residential neighbourhoods around 150 meters away from another field hospital. They said the escalation in attacks on residential and other civilian buildings in the past few weeks had displaced half of the population to the outskirts of Saraqeb into the farming fields or close to the border with Turkey.”

The UN Commission of Inquiry referenced events in Saraqib  on this date in its September 2019 report:

“For example, on 9 March, between approximately 6.40 and 8.30 p.m., government forces carried out an aerial attack in northern Saraqib, launching four missiles, which caused damage to Al-Hayat women’s and children’s hospital, a blood bank and an ambulance response unit providing services to approximately 80,000 residents. Al-Hayat hospital was included in the United Nations deconfliction mechanism and the pro-government forces were aware of its coordinates at the time of the attack. One witness described that, at around 6.40 p.m., a first missile struck a residential area in the vicinity of the hospital, killing one man and one girl. Minutes later, a second missile hit a blood bank in northern Saraqib, located some 300 metres from Al-Hayat hospital, damaging vital equipment and medical supplies and rendering the building unusable for at least four days.

Approximately 20 minutes later, in anticipation of further attacks, patients at Al-Hayat hospital were transferred to an underground shelter, in which they remained for 30 minutes before being evacuated. During the evacuation, between 7.00 and 8.00 p.m., a third missile struck the main entrance of Al-Hayat hospital, damaging a generator and vital medical equipment. Some 15 to 30 minutes later, a fourth missile struck an ambulance response unit located less than 1 kilometre from Al-Hayat hospital, damaging its walls and windows and injuring a male staff member (see annex II for a detailed description of a series of other attacks).”

The incident occured at 6:40 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

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    Footage showing the aftermath of an alleged regime strike on Saraqeb March 9th.
  • 'Photos from the city of Sarakib after being targeted by the war planes and the martyrdom of a child.' (via @IdlibPlus)
  • 'Photos from the city of Sarakib after being targeted by the war planes and the martyrdom of a child.' (via @IdlibPlus)
  • 'Photos from the city of Sarakib after being targeted by the war planes and the martyrdom of a child.' (via @IdlibPlus)
  • 'Photos from the city of Sarakib after being targeted by the war planes and the martyrdom of a child.' (via @IdlibPlus)
  • 'The moment when the Assad regime and the Russians bombed the headquarters of the Civil Defense in Saraqib.'
  • 'Moments of the bombing of Russian air space missiles on the city of Saraqib in the eastern suburb of Idlib'
  • A child killed in a strike on Saraqeb, Mar 9th. The image was originally published by the now suspended twitter account @ss678xTx. However, Airwars has archived the picture.
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    A very graphic image of the child Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen, killed in shelling on Saraqeb, March 9th. Five members of this family were reportedly wounded in the same strike.
  • Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen
  • The obstetric hospital in Saraqib, reportedly destroyed by Russian and regime warplanes on a March 9th (via @gH8ytDcQWj5RrrY)
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    Wounded children from Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen's family - and the dead body of Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen.
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    'Blood of martyrs, March 9th, Saraqib'
  • Smoke over Saraqeb, March 9th, following a strike.
  • Footage showing destruction in Saraqeb following the March 9th strikes.
  • Hussein Yamen al Daher, a lawyer, killed in alleged regime shelling on Saraqeb, March 9th (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of a strike on al Hayat Women and Obstetrics Hospital, Saraqeb Emergency System, the blood bank, March 9th (via SN4HR)
  • The body of Ahmed Mahmoud Ameen (via SN4HR)

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
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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

Sources (28) [ collapse]