Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3668

Incident date

May 6, 2019

Location

الزربة, Al Zirba, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between two and four civilians were killed and up to five, including a child, were wounded when alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrikes struck civilian homes and a health centre in the town of Al Zirba, south of Aleppo on May 6th, 2019.

Smart News Agency reported that an unspecified number of civilians was killed and wounded in Russian strikes on the town. However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) blamed the regime, reporting: “Two civilians were killed as Syrian regime fixed-wing warplanes fired two missiles on al Zerba town in Aleppo governorate on May 6.”

According to Masrawy, “Russian warplanes launched at dawn raids today [May 6th] on the town of Al Zirbain in the southern countryside of Aleppo. The first raid targeted the health centre, and the second targeted the homes of civilians who were killed – including two children. Five others were wounded.”

According to a correspondent for SyriaTV, the strikes “killed two civilians and wounded three others, including a child, who were taken to nearby medical points.” AlyaumTv put the death toll at four.

Rok-Online wrote that, according to militants, two militia members were killed. All other sources reported that the fatalities were civilians.

According to several sources, the incident occured around dawn. The health centre was reportedly out of service after the bombing, wrote SyriaNoor.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (36) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Syrian Civil Defense forces at the scene after an alleged Russian airstrike struck Al Zirba south of Aleppo on May 6th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • An alleged Russian airstrike struck Al Zirba south of Aleppo on May 6th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • An alleged Russian airstrike struck Al Zirba south of Aleppo on May 6th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense team at the scene after two missiles struck Al Zirba town on May 6th, killing two civilians (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • The White Helmets arrive in Al Zirba following strikes on May 6th.
  • The reporter says: "In the southern countryside of Aleppo, two people were killed and two people were wounded by Russian fighter jets bombing the village of Al Zirba And our correspondent reported that the shelling targeted houses of civilians in the village and also caused other injuries”.
  • "Photos of the bombing of the health center in the town of Al Zirba south of Aleppo" (via @Step_Agency).
  • The aftermath of a strike on Al Zirba, May 6th (via @SyriaCivlDefe).
  • Translation: "The first moments of aerial bombardment on the town of Al Zirba in the southern suburb of Aleppo, which killed two civilians and wounded three others" (via @HalabTodayTV).
  • The aftermath of a strike on Al Zirba, May 6th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer carrying an injured child after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Zirba, May 6th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer carrying an injured child into an ambulance after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Zirba, May 6th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus).
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    A victim after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Zirba, May 6th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • The Al Zirba health centre was reportedly targeted in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on May 6th (via SNHR).
  • The Al Zirba health centre was destroyed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on May 6th (via Shaam News Network).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Zirba, May 6th, 2019 (via Jorfnews).
  • The Al Zirba health centre was destroyed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on May 6th (via @StepAgency).

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
    2 – 4
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (36) [ collapse]