Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3633

Incident date

April 30, 2019

Location

الحويجة, Al Hawaija, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian died and another was injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on Al Hawaija, Hama governorate, on April 30th, 2019, according to local media. Most sources blamed regime artillery for the civilian harm but there were also allegations that Russia carried out airstrikes.

Local sources reported heavy artillery shelling in several villages in Hama and Idlib. “A large number of civilians” were reportedly killed and injured in these raids. HalabTodayTV claimed that one civilian was injured in the village of Al Hawaija.

The Syrian Civil Defence and several other sources said that a young man was wounded. @SyriaCivilDefe wrote that a man was injured in Syrian regime airstrikes on civilian houses, adding that the “Civil Defense team rushed to the scene and transferred the young man for treatment.”

Syrianoor blamed three regime helicopters for the strikes, whereas other sources, such as Sy-24, pointed to Russian warplanes.

Qasioun reported that “on Tuesday morning, 30 April 2019, a civilian was killed and a number of wounded were wounded by a bombardment by the regime forces.” Smart News, however, reported that the incident occurred around noon.

The incident occured around midday.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • A man is helped into an ambulance after being wounded in an alleged regime strike on Al Hawaija, April 30th.
  • The aftermath of a strike on Al Hawaija, April 30th.
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping an injured man after alleged Russian or Syrian regime strikes on Al Hawaija, Hama governorate, on April 30th, 2019 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteer in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime strikes on Al Hawaija, Hama governorate, on April 30th, 2019 (via @AishaSapri).

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
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]