Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3715

Incident date

May 26, 2019

Location

الشيخ مصطفى, Al Sheikh Mustafa, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Step Agency and Smart News reported that one civilian was killed in air raids on the village of Al Sheikh Mustafa, Idlib, on May 26th.

Step News agency attributed the attack to Russia, initially reporting that “several people were injured” in the “Russian raids” that “coincided with a rocket attack”. In a later post, Step News stated that “a civilian was killed by an explosive barrage”.

Smart News claimed it was an air strike by “regime helicopters” that killed one civilian and wounded others.

Without naming any casualties, Edlib Media Center documented the air raids in photos, depicting “smoke escalating after the helicopter system dropped explosive barrels on the town.”

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
    1
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • May 26th airstrikes on Al Sheikh Mustafa (via Edlib Media Center)
  • May 26th airstrikes on Al Sheikh Mustafa (via Edlib Media Center)
  • May 26th airstrikes on Al Sheikh Mustafa (via Edlib Media Center)
  • May 26th airstrikes on Al Sheikh Mustafa (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Translation: "The effects of the destruction in Sheikh Mustafa village due to the regime’s bombing and Russian occupation of Idlib countryside" (via Al Jisr TV).
  • Translation: "Helicopter dropped the explosive barrels on the town of Sheikh Mustafa south of Idlib" (via Edlib Media Center)

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
    1
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (9) [ collapse]