Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3716

Incident date

May 26, 2019

Location

معرة النعمان, Ma’aret Al Nu’man, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

At least six civilians, including a woman and child, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’arat Al Numan, Idlib governorate, on May 26th, 2019, according to local sources. Up to 45 others were injured.

Numerous sources reported the use of high explosive rockets and missiles in an airstrike on a residential area in Ma’arat Al Numan, Idlib, on May 26th. Other sources reported that a popular market in the city had been targeted.

A number of sources reported the death of four to six civilians, while Smart News Agency claimed as many as 13 had been killed in the airstrikes. @AlarabyTV tweeted that 11 civilians had been killed in the shelling, blaming the Syrian regime.

@ahmadalhadi77 tweeted photos of the funeral of Muhammad Abd Al Hamid Jahjah, who died of his injuries sustained in the strikes. The Syrian Human Rights Committee reported the names of five other killed victims, among which the child Fatima Al Tayfour.

The Syrian Civil Defence stated that 45 civilians were injured as a result of the bombardment, while other sources referred to 15 to 25, “dozens” or “several wounded”. Syria Civil Defense named a child, Marwa Al Mahloul, as injured in the airstrikes.

In another post, Smart News Agency reported 38 wounded, including nine women. According to Zaman Al Wasl, the incident occurred during the evening before Iftar, when Muslims break their fast at sunset in the holy month of Ramadan.

According to Abdullah Abu Ali, a Step News correspondent, an “airstrike loaded with two missiles targeted the market and houses in the centre of the city of Ma’aratAl Numan, killing four people and injuring more than fifteen civilians,” as well as causing significant “material damage to property”.

Step News Agency stated that “military escalation by the regime and its Russian ally has left hundreds of victims since the end of the last round of talks in Astana last month.”

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 13
  • (1 child1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–45
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria Civil Defense)
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    Civilian casualty as a result of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Halab Today TV)
  • Civilian casualty as a result of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Halab Today TV)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria.liveuamap)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syria.liveuamap)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma’aret Al Nu’man Media Center)
  • The May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma’aret Al Nu’man Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Civilian casualty as a result of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the May 26th airstrikes on Ma'arat al-Nu'man (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: "Martyrs and wounded as a result of air raids on the city of Ma'arat al - Nu'man south of Idlib" (via Ma'arat al-Nu'man Media Center)
  • Translation: “While people are preparing to break their fast during these hours around the world.. In the city of Ma'arat Al Numan, the Assad regime and Russia are committing a massacre by bombing a popular market in the city center. Three martyrs are like the first toll and dozens of wounded” (via @HadiAlabdallah).
  • Translation: “These scenes returned to death, killing, killing, blood and fire. Ma'arat Al Numan, #Ref_Idleb today” (via @HadiAlabdallah).
  • Translation: “Ma'aran Al Numan today is the war criminals of the Assad gangs” (via @ahmadalhadi77).
  • Translation: “Killed and wounded, and extensive destruction of civilian homes, as a result of the regime's warplanes targeting with highly explosive missiles, the northern district of Ma'arat Al Numan city in the southern countryside of Idlib” (via @Sy24ria).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers on the site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Destroyed vehicle after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers on the site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Translation: “Russian terrorism shocking scenes from Ma'arat Al Numan” (via @aboalhodaalhoms).
  • Translation: “The funeral of the martyr, God willing, Muhammad Abd Al Hamid Jahjah, who was injured by his wounds, by the warplane shelling of the Assad militia on residential neighborhoods in the middle of #Ma'aret_Al-Nu'man” (via @ahmadalhadi77).
  • Muhammad Abd Al Hamid Jahjah was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @ahmadalhadi77).
  • The funeral of Muhammad Abd Al Hamid Jahjah, who was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 26th, 2019 (via @ahmadalhadi77).
  • Translation: “A side of the devastation caused by the regime's warplane shelling in the town of Ma'arat Al Numan in Idlib countryside; Which caused great damage to the infrastructure and left many martyrs and wounded among the residents” (via Al Dorar).
  • Translation: “The young man, Muhammad Abdel Hamid Jahjah, was killed as a result of the regime's warplane shelling with vacuum missiles in the middle of the city of Ma`rat al-Numan today afternoon” (via Rami Al Maree).

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
    6 – 13
  • (1 child1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–45
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]