Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3696

Incident date

May 14, 2019

Location

السوق الشعبي في جسر الشغور, Al Souq Al Sha’bi (Al Sha’bi market) in Jisr Al Shughour, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to eight civilians, including a child, were killed and up to 20 were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Samak market and a school in the centre of Jisr Al Shughour on May 14, 2020, according to local sources.

@Wesal_TV reported: “Civilian martyrs and wounded as a result of a raid by Russian aviation at breakfast time that targeted a popular market in the city of Jisr Al Shughour in the western Idlib countryside.”

Several sources, such as Euphrates Post wrote that the strikes had killed five civilians. The Syrian Civil Defence reported that seven civilians were killed and that 20 more were wounded. Sources reported in total the names of seven killed civilians and eight injured civilians.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights initially reported that four civilians were killed and that eight had been wounded. According to the source, one of the civilians who survived the raid, nicknamed “Abu Samer,” said that the warplanes launched raids on the popular market in the city minutes before breakfast. In a later post, the source added that at least seven civilians had died, including a girl. Syrian Network for Human Rights was the only source that blamed the Syrian regime for the attack.

According to Step News, the raids led to the deaths of five civilians and wounded eight other. The source claimed that the number of fatalities was likely to increase in the next hours due to the serious nature of the injuries. Step News later added that the number of fatalities had risen to six civilians.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams “rushed to the scene of the attack and evacuated the victims and worked to extinguish the fire that broke out in a number of clothing shops as a result of the raids. The Civil Defense vehicles also transferred a number of wounded to Turkish hospitals because of the lack of facilities for treatment inside the city of Jisr Al Shughour.”

The UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria cited the event in its September 2019 report: “On 14 May, at around 7.00 p.m., pro-government forces airdropped between two and four missiles on a fish market and primary school for girls in Jisr al-Shughur. Eyewitnesses described how at least three missiles had been airdropped on the market, largely destroying commercial shops and market stands, while bodies were scattered throughout the affected area. The attack killed at least eight civilians, including seven men and a 3-year-old girl, while injuring eight other persons.

Witnesses interviewed by the Commission recalled that a few minutes after the first strike, a second missile hit nearby Abdul Rahman Al Naser primary school for girls, destroying its walls, the administration office, as well as the school bookshop and playground.

One witness described how, earlier in the morning on that day, teachers had interrupted the distribution of diplomas due to the increased number of reconnaissance aircraft circling over the town. Moreover, during the period under review, the Commission received credible information that some 70 schools in the demilitarized zone of Idlib had been destroyed or damaged by hostilities, depriving over 200,000 pupils from receiving formal education.”

While most sources blamed Russia for the airstrikes, others, such as the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, blamed the Syrian regime.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (1 child7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–20
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • A school and a popular market were struck in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via @ShahbaPress).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
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    Victim of an airstrike that struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • An airstrike struck a school and a popular market in the center of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • List of names of dead and wounded victims of the attack on a school and market in Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Ahmad Sheikh Mustafa "Abu Fadi", killed in an alleged airstrike on Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Mustafa Lahlouh, allegedly killed in an airstrike on isr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Mohammed Darwish Rajab allegedly killed in an airstrike on Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Mohammed Darwish Rajab, allegedly killed in an airstrike on Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Ahmad Qataroun was alleged killed in an airstrike on Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Mustafa Mohammed Ali was alleged killed in an airstrike that struck Jisr al-Shughour on May 14th (via Jisir Media Center).
  • Translation: "Minutes before breakfast, the Russian occupation planes bombed a popular market in Al-Shughour Bridge - Syria" (via Orient News).
  • Translation: "May God have mercy, Mohamed Rajab, who was martyred in the massacre of Jisr Al-Shughour today, and we did not know about him except good neighbors and good manners" (via @Zshikani).
  • Translation: "Civilian martyrs and wounded as a result of a raid by Russian aviation at breakfast time that targeted a popular market in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in the western Idlib countryside" (via @Wesal_TV).
  • Translation: “Their breakfast was not with their families today, but elsewhere. 9 martyrs and more than 20 injuries are the result of the day, 7 martyrs of them from the city of Jisr al-Shughur because of targeting the popular market with missiles guided by the warplanes” (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: “URGENT – Martyrs and wounded civilians as a result of the targeting of the military aircraft missile system, the city of Jisr al-Shughour, rural West Idlib” (via Edlib Media Center).
  • List of names of the victims (via Jisr Media Center).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (1 child7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–20
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]