Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3640

Incident date

May 1, 2019

Location

عابدين, Abidin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians died including women and children in alleged Russia and/or regime airstrikes on a car fleeing Abdin, local media reported.

Sources reported that an initial strike destroyed homes and that residents attempting to flee in a car were then hit.

According to Smart News, a total of six civilians including two women were killed as a result of explosive barrels dropped from regime helicopters on the town.

The lowest death count was given by Alaraby at one woman, with a second woman wounded.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, “after the destruction of their towns and homes, Syrian regime planes pursued and killed civilians fleeing from death. The death of a woman and her two children, the wounding of another woman and the death of a baby, occurred when the regime targeted a car in Abdin”.

According to Rok Online, “Activists said three people, including a woman, were killed as a result of Russian aircraft targeting some families who were trying to flee the aerial bombardment of the village of Abdin, north of Idlib.”

According to Macro Media Center “Two men and a woman from the town of Muraddatin were injured by a warplane targeting a car carrying a number of displaced persons at the junction of the town of Abdin and the southern suburb of Idlib”.

@HalabTodayTV added that the car was struck on on the road Habit – Abdin.

@syrialive54  laid the blame for this with regime helicopters.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (17) [ collapse]

Media
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  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    The weeping woman says: "When the strike came, we were in the cave. All the members of the Rashidi family were in the cave, except my sister.The plane bombed us. My uncle says that my sister was infected with shrapnel .And  they said she died."
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    A woman is running among the rubble of destroyed homes, crying "where are they?"An older woman is then interviewed; she says: "I am an old woman who can not move, so I could not escape when the shelling came. There were two or three strikes around me ... and part of the house fell down, but my father in law came and drove me out of the rubble after the shelling ended."
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    Translate: "Watch as the Russian- Assad enemy demolishes the houses of civilians over the heads of its inhabitants in the town of Abdin countryside # Idlib South"
  • The White Helmets attend the scene of a a strike in Abdin, May 1st.
  • Video showing the destruction caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian regime strike on Abdin in Idlib on May 1st (via Smart News).
  • Two men and a woman from the town of Muraddatin were injured by a warplane targeting a car carrying a number of displaced persons at the junction of the town of 'Abdin and the southern suburb of Idlib on May 1st (via Macro Media Center).

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 – 4
  • (1–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (17) [ collapse]