Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3653

Incident date

May 3, 2019

Location

معرة حرمة, Ma’aret Harma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three children and two women were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on the village of Ma’aret Harma on May 3rd, 2019, according to local sources.

On May 3rd, the White Helmets tweeted: “Three children and two women were injured a short while ago following shelling by rockets carrying cluster bombs targeting the town of Ma’aret Harma in the southern countryside of Idlib, by the forces of the regime stationed in the countryside of Hama.”

Idlib Media Center also reported injured civilians as the result of an explosive barrel bomb but shared a video of a helicopter dropping munition on the village.

Step News Agency reported that the village was targeted with four ground-to-ground-missiles carrying cluster bombs, which allegedly came from a Russian military camp in Bribidiaj. HalabTodayTV also reported the use of cluster bombs but did not identify the culprit.

The pro-regime Twitter account @HoseinMortada wrote that “terrorist groups and their headquarters” were targeted in the area.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "Three children and two women were injured a short while ago following shelling by rockets carrying cluster bombs targeting the town of Ma'ra Herma in the southern countryside of Idlib, by the forces of the regime stationed in the countryside of Hama."
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer holding an injured child after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on Ma’aret Harma, May 3rd, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: "The moment of the fall of an explosive barrel on the town of Ma’aret Harma south of Idlib and caused the injury of civilians" (via Idlib 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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (5) [ collapse]