Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3665A

Incident date

Location

حاس: نبض الحياة, Hass: Nabd Al Hayat hospital, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A male civilian was killed and another one was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the Nabd Al Hayat hospital in the town of Hayat on May 5th, 2019, according to Human Rights Watch. Other sources reported on the incident but did not mention any civilian harm.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Nabd al Hayat Hospital- established in a cave- near Hass village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, severely damaging the hospital facilities and equipment, on May 5, 2019.”

@Sy24ria tweeted: “The medical point called “Nabd Al-Hayat” in the town of Hass, south of Idlib, was out of service after it was bombed by Russian warplanes with four airstrikes.”

Human Rights Watch published their investigation into the incident in October 2020, reporting that one civilian man had died and another one was injured as they passed the hospital on the moment of the strike.

A medical worker at the hospital told HRW that patients were already evacuated on May 4th due to the ongoing heavy shelling. On the morning of May 5th, the source was informed by a friend with alleged connections with the Syrian government that the hospital was about to be hit by a strike: “I told my colleagues and we immediately evacuated all the remaining people.”

The source stated that he saw “an aircraft launch an attack” at 2:40 PM. HRW wrote that “satellite imagery analysis is consistent with the medical worker’s account. According to available imagery, the attack took place sometime between 10:55 a.m. on May 5, 2019 and May 7, 2019. The imagery shows multiple impact sites and destruction of the building and the adjacent road.”

All sources pointed to Russia as the responsible belligerent for the strike. According to HRW, flight spotters indicated that Russian aircraft were in the area at the time of the attack. Furthermore, “intercepted radio communications between a Russian air force pilot and Russian ground control obtained by the New York Times implicate a Russian aircraft in the attack.”

The report states that “an SCD volunteer and the health worker interviewed said they knew of no military objectives in the vicinity before or at the time of the attack, nor were there signs of military weapons, equipment, or personnel in the imagery reviewed.”

According to HRW, “had a capacity of 18 beds in three wards, and 52 staff. In May 2019, it served a community of about 300,000 people living in the countryside in southern Idlib.” As of June 2020, the hospital was still out of service.

On May 5th, alleged Syrian regime warplanes also targeted the town of Hass, reportedly killing one woman and injuring others, including children.

The incident occured at approximately 2:40 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: “One of the patients who fled after the targeting of Hass and Kafr Nabl hospitals” (via @ala_hacioglu).
  • One of the patients fleeing from the Nabd Al Hayat hospital around the time of alleged Russian airstrikes on Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @ala_hacioglu).
  • Translation: “The medical point called "Nabd Al-Hayat" in the town of Hass, south of Idlib, was out of service after it was bombed by Russian warplanes with four air strikes” (via @Sy24ria).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in the town of Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Translation: “The moment the "Nabed Al-Hayat" hospital was destroyed by Russian raids in the town of Hass in Idlib countryside today” (via @osama_sy87).
  • Alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @osama_sy87).
  • Translation: “The moment the Hass Hospital in the southern countryside of Idlib was targeted in the airstrikes” (via @Sharif199629).
  • Translation: “#Shaam: Russian warplanes directly targeted Nabed Al-Hayat Hospital near the town of Hass in the southern countryside of Idlib, causing great damage to the hospital and leaving it out of service” (via @shaamnews).
  • Rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @shaamnews).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @shaamnews).
  • Rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @@shaamnews).
  • Pile of rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @@shaamnews).
  • Destroyed hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @liveuamar).
  • Destruction after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @liveuamar).
  • Destroyed hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via @liveuamar).
  • Translation: “Nabed Al-Hayat Hospital was destroyed in the town of Hass, south of Idlib, northern Syria, on Sunday May 5, 2019, as a result of direct strikes from Russian warplanes” (via Smart News Agency).
  • A sign near the destroyed hospital after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via SNHR).
  • A man walking through rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via Macro Media Centre).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via Macro Media Centre).
  • Rubble after alleged Russian airstrikes on Nabd Al Hayat hospital in Hass on May 5th, 2019 (via Macro Media Centre).

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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]