Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3685

Incident date

May 8, 2019

Location

حيش, Heesh, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians, including a child, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Heesh on May 8th, 2019, according to local sources. Four others were reportedly injured.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that three civilians, including a woman, man and the girl Hanaa Jawhar al Saeed, were killed as Syrian regime force helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Heesh village in Idlib. Shaam News Network reported two killed civilians.

Smart News blamed Russia and reported that Russian warplanes launched a rocket-propelled grenade in addition to the helicopters that dropped explosive barrels. @Step_Agency also blamed Russian airstrikes for the civilian casualties.

The White Helmets reported: “Two men and a girl were killed and two children and two women were injured today [May 8th] in the town of Heesh as a result of the continuous targeting of civilian homes by the regime.”

According to SyriaTV, two civilians were killed and one woman and three children were injured following an aerial bombardment of the town with four cluster rockets. Helicopters also dropped four explosive barrels.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Syrian Civil Defense forces at the scene after an alleged Syrian helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Heesh village in Idlib on May 8th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Hanaa Jawhar al Saeed was killed as alleged Syrian regime forces helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Heesh village in Idlib on May 8th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
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    Hanaa Jawhar al Saeed was killed as alleged Syrian regime forces helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Heesh village in Idlib on May 8th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
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    Translation: “Hana Jawhar Al Saeed. A small girl from the city of Halavia. Today she was lost because of the bombing of the town of Heesh in rural Idlib. Few moments ago they found her dead because of the bombing on Heesh. And she became with her father in paradise away from the deplorable and unjust world” (via @Tamer_Turkmane).
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    Hana Jawhar Al Saeed was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Heesh, May 8th (via @Tamer_Turkmane).
  • Airstrikes on Heesh, May 8th (via @Generallion).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Heesh, May 8th (via Baladi News).

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
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (26) [ collapse]