Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3624

Incident date

April 26, 2019

Location

العمقية, al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least five civilians were killed and as many as dozens more were wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab in Hama on the night of April 26th, local media reported.

The lowest death count was given by Step New Agency at two civilians – though two sources named five fatalities. According to @yamama_sh22, “an entire family were under the rubble”, while @ibraheem890 reported “the martyrdom of an entire family”. Several sources reported the names of five fatalities. 17-year-old Taher Al Soua’an was among the victims.

The White Helmets reported that it had worked until dawn to retrieve victims. The highest death count was put at six by @alaraby_ar.

The Smart News Agency published an image of a house “destroyed on Saturday 27th April 2019, as a result of an aerial bombardment by Russia targeting the village”. Smart added that “Russian warplanes launched raids on residential areas in the village, killing five civilians and injuring two men and one woman, who were taken to a nearby hospital in the area.”

According to Syrian Mosaic’s correspondent in Hama, “Russian warplanes launched two double-rocket attacks on the houses of civilians in the village of Al Amqaya in Sahel of Al Ghab.”

All sources pointed to Russia as the responsible belligerent.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the alleged Russian strike on al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab, April 26/27th.
  • Translation: 'Russian warplanes target the outskirts of the village of Al-Amqeya'
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on al Amqeya or Al'inakwi in Sahl Al Ghab, April 27th. (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on al Amqeya or Al'inakwi in Sahl Al Ghab, April 27th. (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on al Amqeya or Al'inakwi in Sahl Al Ghab, April 27th. (via White Helmets)
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of an alleged Russian airstrike on al Amqeya or Al'inakwi in Sahl Al Ghab, April 27th. (via White Helmets)
  • Rescue attempts following the alleged Russian strikes on al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab.
  • Destroyed civilian homes in al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab, following an alleged Russian airstrike, April 26th (via Syria Mosaic)
  • Destroyed civilian homes in al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab, following an alleged Russian airstrike, April 26th (via Syria Mosaic)
  • Destroyed civilian homes in al Amqeya in Sahl Al Ghab, following an alleged Russian airstrike, April 26th (via Syria Mosaic)
  • Wounded civilian in the hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on the village of Al Amqeya on April 26th, 2019 (via @OKKO5Lc4iNiZH6S).
  • Translation: "The death of martyrs and the occurrence of several casualties and missing under the rubble of night air raids by Russian warplanes on civilian houses in # Al-Amqyya and Ankawi in the countryside of Hama, midnight, the civil defense teams worked to evacuate the martyrs and transport the injured and secure the target sites and extinguish a fire in one of the houses as a result of raids" (Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: "The victims of a new massacre in the village of # Al-Amqiya killed five martyrs and three wounded after the raids of Russian warplanes, midnight, the civil defense teams began the search and evacuation, which lasted until the early hours of dawn to finally be able to retrieve the body of another martyr at five in the morning because of the massive destruction of the place" (via Syrian Civil Defence).

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
    5 – 6
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]