Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3673

Incident date

May 7, 2019

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian and his pregnant wife were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafar Zeita, Hama governorate, on May 7th, 2019, according to local media.

Several sources reported the death of two civilians, named as Zaid Mahmoud Al Rajou and his wife Laila Al Rajou. According to the Syrian Press Centre, Laila was five months pregnant.

Syrian Press Centre provided more detail on the victims: “A young man and his pregnant wife died after their house was targeted in the town of Kafr Zeita in the northern suburb of Hama on Tuesday afternoon [May 7th].” Their home was reportedly hit with a Russin concussion missile.

Zaid Al Rajou was born in the city of Kafar Al Zeita in 1995 and had an agricultural baccalaureate. The Syrian Press Center added: “He ran a shop for ‘Zain Net’ and opened a net network in the city in 2014. He married about a year ago. He was waiting for his first child, and his wife was in the fifth month of her pregnancy when Russian occupation planes destroyed his dream and the dream of his wife.”

Syrian Press Centre added that Zaid had “studied at the nursing institute in Ma’arat Al Nu’man, receiving a nursing certificate to volunteer in Kafar Zeita hospital.” The couple was reportedly rushed to the hospital after the strike on their home but then died.

All sources pointed to Russia as the responsible belligerent. In the night of May 6th to May 7th, two women and two children were also killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on the city of Kafar Zeita.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Zaid Mahmoud al Rajo was killed along with his pregnant wife when an alleged Russian warplane fired a missile on their house in Kafar Zeita on May 7th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Zaid Mahmoud al Rajou (via Syrian PC).
  • Translation: "Zaid Mahmoud Rajou and his wife and [their] two sons of the town of Taha in Idlib province, were killed by the Russian warplanes targeting the town of Kafrzita in Hama governorate on Tuesday 7/5/2019" (via SHRC).
  • Translation: "Zaid Mahmoud al-Raju, killed with his wife by the bombing of a fixed-wing air force, believed to be a Russian missile on their house in the town of Kafr Zeita in the northern governate of Hama on May 7" (via SNHR).
  • Translation: "Zaid Mahmud al-Rajou and his wife are martyred by the shelling of their home by the Russian Mafia" (via Kafar Zeita Al Hadath).
  • Zaid Mahmud Al Rajou was killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafar Zeita on May 7th (via Kafar Zeita Al Hadath).
  • Translation: "Martyr: Zaid Mahmoud Al Rajo, 7/5/2019, Kafr Zeita" (via Kafar Zeita Um Al Shohada).
  • Facebook post on the death of Zaid Mahmud Al Rajou (via Kafar Zeita Um Al Shohada).
  • Report of the airstrikes o Hama governorate on May 7th (via Orient News).

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
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (30) [ collapse]