Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3666

Incident date

May 6, 2019

Location

شنان, Shnan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child and a woman were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes near Al Tawhid mosque in the middle of Shnan village on May 6th, 2019, according to local sources. An unknown number of civilians was wounded.

Warplanes fired missiles near Al Tawhid Mosque in the middle of Shnan village in Jabal al-Zawiyeh south of Idlib, according to sources on the ground. The missiles reportedly damaged the mosque and killed two internally displaced civilians from Damascus; a child and a woman. An unknown number of others were reported wounded. Local sources claimed the attack was carried out with rockets.

Step and Baladi were among sources reporting the death of “a mother and her child”, while other sources only reported the death of a child. @EuphratesPost reported an unknown number of injured civilians.

Baladi News wrote that “a woman and her child were martyred, and several civilians were wounded by shelling, after targeting the farms surrounding the town of Shnan in Idlib countryside.”

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the building and furniture of the Al Tawhid mosque were partially damaged. Several sources reported that the incident took place around dawn or in the morning.

Whereas most sources pointed to Russia as the responsible belligerents, others reported that the Syrian regime had attacked the village.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (49) [ collapse]

Media
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    Child killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Shanan, south of Idlib on May 5th (via Euphrates Post).
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    Translation: “The martyrdom of the first child and the injury of others injured with the entry of the month of Ramadan as a result of raids by Russian warplanes with space rockets on the village of Shnan in Jabal al-Zawia shortly before” (via @EuphratesPost).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (49) [ collapse]