Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3671

Incident date

May 6, 2019

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes struck northern Kafar Zeita in the night of May 6th to May 7th, 2019. Four civilians were reported killed, including two women and two children of the same family. A man and three children were reported wounded.

SyriaTV wrote that “the city of Kafar Zeita was hit at night with heavy machine-gun raids carried out by Russia, killing four civilians (two women and two children) and wounding a man and three children from one family.” Horrya News, however, reported that the Syrian regime had been responsible for firing rocket-propelled grenades on civilian homes.

The Violations Documentation Center of Syria reported the names of two women, a boy and a girl killed in the strikes. Baladi News reported that the family was internally displaced.

On May 6th, a hospital in Kafar Zeita was also targeted, leading to the facility being out of service, but there were no reports of civilian casualties. In the afternoon of May 7th, a  man and his pregnant wife were also killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on the city.

The incident occured during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense forces rescuing a wounded man and two children after an alleged Russian airstrike on Kafar Zeita on May 6th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Video of the Syrian Civil Defense forceces rescuing the wounded and carrying the dead afteran alleged Ryssianaistrike sruck Kafar Zeita on May 6th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
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    Body underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zeita on May 6th (via Macro Media Center).
  • Translation: "The correspondent of Orient News said that 15 civilians were killed today and others were wounded by the air and missile attacks on the cities and towns of Kafar Zeita and Zakat north of Hama, Ras Al Ain, Deir Snbel, Marj Al Zuhour, Barah, Matarat and Abidin Idlib" (via OrientTV).
  • Translation: “The scene after two raids targeting civilian homes in the city of #Kafar Zeita late last night, led to the death of four martyrs, children and women, in addition to the injury of a man and three other children” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).

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
    4
  • (2 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]