Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3622

Incident date

April 26, 2019

Location

تل هواش, Tal Hawwash, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians from two families died and eight more were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Tal Hawwash, according to sources on the ground. All sources but one alleged that Russia was to blame – though the Facebook page ‘Al Muoali Clan History ‘ pointed to the Assad regime.

JisrTV put the death toll at three: a  woman, man and a girl – but most sources said between five and seven people died.

Smart News Agency reported: “Houses were destroyed as a result of a Russian air bombardment Friday, April 26, 2019, targeting the village of Tal Hawwash north of Hama province in the centre of the country. Russian warplanes launched four raids on the village and the roads leading to it, killing five civilians, including a girl and two women and wounding at least six others, some of whom were left a serious condition.”

‘The Al Muoali clan history’ Facebook page was alone in blaming the regime. It reported  the deaths of  Mohammed Bahjet Al Salloum and Ahmad Ibrahim Al Ahmad, along with his mother and his sisters. According to this source, there were “six successive missile strikes on the village”.

Orient News added that “more than a dozen” other civilians were wounded.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • (1–2 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–12
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • An alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via LCCSY)
  • "Continuing raids by Russian warplanes on the village of Tel-Hawash in the north-western Hama countryside." (via Syria.liveuamap)
  • Alleged Russian raids hit Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via White Helmets)
  • Destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 267th (via Step)
  • Footage of alleged Russian airstrikes on Tal Hawwash, April 26th.
  • Translation: 'Russian warplanes targeting the village of Tal Hawwash in the northern suburb of Hama, with several air raids.'
  • Translation: 'Civilian casualties by aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on Tel Hawaash in the countryside of Hama'
  • The aftermath of strikes on Tal Hawwash, April 26th. The reporter says that six houses were destroyed in the strike.
  • "Shelling of the Russian occupation aircraft on the outskirts of the village of "Tal Hawwash" in the northern suburbs of Hama", April 26th (via Ebaa)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via Syria TV)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Tal Hawwash, April 26th (via Syria TV)
  • Translation: "Two civilians were killed and a number of civilians were wounded in the village of Tal al-Hawash, in the village of northern Hama, as a result of the air raids carried out by the Russian occupation planes targeting residential areas inside the village" (via LCCSY).
  • Translation: "Three martyrs and eight wounded as an initial result of four airstrikes targeted the village of Tal Hawash, the civil defense teams immediately went to the place where I worked to retrieve the martyrs and the wounded" (via Syria Civil Defense).
  • Translation: "The effects of the destruction as a result of the Russian raids that targeted the village of Tal Hawwash north of Hama" (via Step News Agency).
  • Translation: "Terrifying minutes filled with the smell of death and fear. Five civilians were killed and eight others injured as a result of the targeting of the Russian warplanes to the village of Tal Hawwash in Hama countryside. Today, the civil defense teams evacuated one of the civilian casualties and delivered them to the hospital for treatment" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: "The Martyrdom of Mohammed Bahjet Al Salloum from the village of Tal Hawash. The impact of a raid from the Asadi Air Force which targeted the village with six successive missiles on the village. We ask Allah for patience and solace and improve the consolation of our cousins in the village of Tal Hawash" (via Al Muoali clan history).
  • Translation: "The martyrdom of Ahmad Ibrahim Al Ahmad with his mother and his sisters. The impact of a raid from the Asadi aircraft that targeted the village of Tal Hawash. We ask God for patience and solace and improve the consolation of our cousins in the village of Tal Hawash" (via Al Muoali clan history).
  • Ghafer Ibrahim was injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Tal Hawash on April 26th, 2019 (via Akram Al Ibrahim).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • (1–2 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–12
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]