Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3618

Incident date

April 17, 2019

Location

أبو حبّة, Abu Habba, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A number of civilians were killed and wounded when artillery and rockets struck the Al Zohour Primary School and civilian homes in Abu Habba village in Deir Ezzor, partially destroying the school building and fence, according to sources on the ground.

The Macro Media Center reported that one civilian was killed and several children injured. Other local sources said that not one but two civilians were killed in the attack. A total of five to six civilians were reported wounded, including at least one child and a woman, according to Smart News.

According to Smart News, “a doctor, Abdul-Muhsin al-Sourani, said that four [of the wounded civilians] – with light to moderate injuries, were treated to a hospital in the city, where they were given the necessary help”. The source added that “Idlib and northern Hama are under frequent artillery and rocket fire by the regime and Russia.”

Amongst other sources, Smart News blamed the Russian forces, while others such as the Syrian Network for Human Rights claimed the Syrian regime forces were to blame.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The remains of the Al Zohour Primary School in Abu Habba after an alleged Russian strike on the building on April 17th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • According to the reporter in the video, Syrian regime forces struck the town of Abu Habba with 60 missiles, 15 of them struck the Al Zohour Primary School on April 17th (via Orient News).
  • According to the reporter in the video, six people were wounded when Syrian regime forces struck the town of Abu Habba on April 17th (via Orient News).
  • A school in the village of Abu Habba was damaged in alleged Russian or Syrian regime artillery strikes on April 17th, 2019 (via SNHR).

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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]