Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3606

Incident date

March 20–21, 2019

Location

الفقيع, Faqee’, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

The children Mariam, Fatima, Abdullah and Islam al Mer’e, IDP’s from Al Traimsa village in Hama, were killed alongside their father Ismail while their mother was injured in what was believed to be a Russian airstrike on their house in Al Faqee in Idlib, according to local media. The airstrike was reportedly conducted after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st.

A correspondent from Shaam News added that Russian aircraft struck the outskirts of the city of Jisr al-Shughour and Hamdina area south of the city of Maarat al-Nu’man, the villages of Sheikh Mustafa and the village of al-Faqee, where the family was killed. Halab Today TV added that a total of six Russian aircraft conducted the attacks on these villages.

According to EMC, “rockets” were used in the attack, which Ebaa News referred to as “rocket-propelled grenades”.  Alaraby added that shelling left many civilians wounded.

Baladi News was the only source that reported two civilians were killed.

Euphrates Post reported that only three children from the family were killed, although most other sources put the number at four – and posted photographs of their bodies on social media.

Alaraby put the death toll at seven civilians were killed including five children. The source reported that among the victims were Ismail and his four children.

A total of six civilians were reported wounded including Ismail’s wife, and a number of other women and children among whom one child was reportedly left in a critical condition.

The incident occured around midnight.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • (2–4 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
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    Mourning over one of the victims killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
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    One of the victims killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Cleaning the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Searching through the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Rubble caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Rubble caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Rubble caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Rubble caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
  • Rubble caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee’ in Idlib after midnight on the night between March 20th and 21st (via Euphrates post).
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    Victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee in Idlib after midnight between March 20th and 21st (via Shaam).
  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, after midnight on the night between March 20th and March 21st (via Halab Today TV).
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    Video of the search for bodies after an alleged Russian airstrike struck Faqee, Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, between March 20th and 21st (via Ebaa).
  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, between March 20th-21st (via Ebaa).
  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, between March 20th-21st (via Ebaa).
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    Victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, between March 20th and 21st (via Orient).
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    Victim of an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee, Idlib, between March 20th and 21st (via Syria TV).
  • Video report after an alleged Russian airstrike struck Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st, claiming an entire family was killed in the attack (via Mohammed).
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    Video of bodies being pulled from the rubble after after an alleged Russian airstrike struck Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st. The source claimed four children and their parents were burried under the rubble (via ENN).
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    The Children Mariam, Fatima, Abdullah and Islam al Mer'e, IDP's from Al Traimsa village in Hama were killed alongside their father Ismail while their mother was injured in what was believed to be a Russian airstrike on their house in Al Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via SN4HR).
  • A child who was injured by an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via @ShahbaPress).
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    Syrian Civil Defense Forces pulling a person out of the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike struck Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via Syrian Civil Defense).
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    Syrian Civil Defense Forces pulling someone out of the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense Forces pulling someone out of the rubble after an alleged Russian airstrike on Faqee in Idlib between March 20th and 21st (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Civilians checking the destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians checking the destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians checking the destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians checking the destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians checking the destruction caused by alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Faqee village in Idlib on March 21st, 2019 (copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)

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
    2 – 7
  • (2–4 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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

Sources (24) [ collapse]