Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3681

Incident date

May 7, 2019

Location

معرتماتر, Ma'aratmatar, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians, including a child, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma’aratmatar on May 7th, 2019, according to local sources. At least one other woman and child were injured.

Several sources, among which the Syrian Human Rights Committee and Shaam News Network, reported that two people were killed in the town of Ma’aratmatar on May 7th. Fresh Syria also reported civilian deaths in the town but did not specify a number.

According to Zaiton Mag, “a man and a girl were killed by an airstrike by six warplanes targeting the town of Ma’aratmatar in Jabal Al Zawiyeh.”

While the sources did not mention injured civilians, a video by the Syrian Civil Defence shows SCD volunteers helping injured civilians into an ambulance, including a woman and a child.

Whereas some sources, such as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights wrote that the Syrian regime had been responsible, others such as Shaam News Network and Edlib Media Center blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The arrival of the civil defense to the town of Ma’aretamater and the ambulance of those injured by aerial bombardment" (via Syrian Civil Defence).

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (9) [ collapse]