Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3689

Incident date

May 10, 2019

Location

كفر نبل, Kafar Nubul, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians including a child and one or two women died and as many as 20 other civilians were wounded in shelling on Kafar Nabil, according to local media. Sources blamed surface-to-surface missiles, cluster bombs and rockets for the civilian harm and were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were to blame.

The Step News Agency pointed to Russia, putting the death toll at two civilians. According to @abuhuzaifa_, “Russian occupation aircraft targeted the surgical hospital Sham in the city of Kafar Naibl with concussion missiles” – though the source made no mention of civilian harm.

But most reports attributed the attacks to to the Assad regime. The Smart News agency said that “a woman and a child” died and “more than 10 other civilians were wounded”. In a later post it said that “a man and a woman were killed”.

According to Smart, “One of the residents, Khaled al-Khalaf, said that cluster bombs targeted residential areas in the city center, killing two civilians and seriously wounding others. Fires broke out in residential homes and property.”

A report by the White Helmets named two victims: “A woman called Khayriya Al Baiyoush and a man called Mohammed al-Jawhar (displaced from Halfaia village) died and 20 others were injured when high-explosive rockets and cluster bombs were fired by regime forces on the southern town of Kafar Nabil.”

The White Helmets provided some additional details, noting that the attacks which “included cluster  bombs targeted most neighborhoods of the city at 2:15 pm. Some targeted the Grand City mosque, another mosque in the city, and the Al Noor residential complex.”

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 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–20
  • 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

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • An alleged regime "surface-to-surface missile" strike hits Kafar Nabil, May 10th (via EMC)
  • An alleged regime "surface-to-surface missile" strike hits Kafar Nabil, May 10th (via EMC)
  • An alleged regime "surface-to-surface missile" strike hits Kafar Nabil, May 10th (via EMC)
  • An alleged regime "surface-to-surface missile" strike hits Kafar Nabil, May 10th (via EMC)
  • "Image showing remnants of a cluster munition was fired by Syrian regime forces missile launcher on Kafranbel city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on May 10." (via SN4HR)
  • Russian raids on Kafr Nubul on May 10th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi).
  • Syrian regime attacks Kafr Nubul with rockets on May 10th, 2019. (Via @Sy24ria)
  • Syrian regime attacks Kafr Nubul with rockets on May 10th, 2019. (Via @Sy24ria)
  • Syrian regime attacks Kafr Nubul with rockets on May 10th, 2019. (Via @Sy24ria)
  • Syrian regime attacks Kafr Nubul with rockets on May 10th, 2019. (Via @Sy24ria)
  • A Syrian regime rocket fired on a children's playground in Kafr Nubul on May 10th, 2019. Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.
  • SCD volunteers putting out fire caused by a Syrian regime rocket on a children's playground in Kafr Nubul on May 10th, 2019. Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.
  • SCD volunteers putting out fire caused by a Syrian regime rocket on a children's playground in Kafr Nubul on May 10th, 2019. Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.
  • SCD volunteers putting out fire caused by a Syrian regime rocket on a children's playground in Kafr Nubul on May 10th, 2019. Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–20
  • 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

Sources (23) [ collapse]