Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3722

Incident date

May 27, 2019

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three to eleven civilians were killed in an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th.

According to numerous sources, of those killed, two to four were children, including three siblings.

The Syrian regime was named by multiple sources as responsible for the attack, while many did not positively attribute blame. Russia was named by six sources as an active belligerent in the airstrike.

While Edlib Media Center initially estimated three civilians to have been killed, this source cited more deaths as understanding of the events unfolded, later claiming that eleven civilians perished as a result of the attack.

Ariha Today named 10 civilian fatalities, including six women and three young siblings, Zain, Sham and Wesam Fadel Fahham.

Furthermore, Syria.liveuamap claimed that as many as 28 civilians had been injured in the bombardment, while Syria Civil Defense initially estimated the figure to be 20.

Step news stated that “the toll of the dead and wounded in Jericho is likely to rise due to the continued lifting of the rubble and the removal of civilians under it.”

Shaam News reported that “the Assad forces are carrying out a genocide, with clear Russian political support, across the southern Idlib countryside.” This source stated that there was “a focus on bombing major markets, cities and communities, and displacing thousands from their homes.”

Multiple sources documented the enormous destruction to civilian property and infrastructure in both videos and photos.

According to Shaam News, the alleged Russian and Syrian regime military action on May 27th represents a “continuing of a systematic genocide against civilians, amid the silence of the world.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (2–4 children1–6 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–28
  • 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 (53) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Shahba Press)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Two children killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Hamah Now)
  • Damage to civilian property following the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • The initial aftermath of the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Damage to civilian property in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Ariha Today)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Rescue efforts in the aftermath of airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Three siblings, Zain, Sham and Wesam Fadel Fahham, killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: "6 martyrs and 20 injured as a result of an air strike by an improvised explosive device fired by warplanes at on civilian houses in the center of the city of Jericho in Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Translation: "Two children were rescued from rubble in the city of Jericho in Idlib countryside" (via Maysar AL Hadidi)
  • "Russian raids hit #Ariha city southern of #Idlib" (via @MGhorab3)
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    Two twins killed in the airstrikes on Ariha, Idlib, on May 27th (via Myasar alhadidi)
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian regime airstrike on Ariha. (via @YousefAlbostany).
  • "Ariha Children today after Russia and Al Assad warplanes attacked Rif Idlib."
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    Children killed in an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019. (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • SCD volunteers responding to the needs after an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019 (via https://twitter.com/HadiAlabdallah/status/1133006239632379904)
  • SCD volunteers responding to the needs after an airstrike on Ariha on May 27th, 2019 (via https://twitter.com/HadiAlabdallah/status/1133006239632379904)
  • The man standing is said to have lost his mother, wife and three children as a result of a Russian rocket. (via @ahmad_okde)
  • Russian raids hit Ariha city southern of Idlib. Via Syria.liveuamap).
  • "SNHR: at least three women were killed as Syrian regime fixed -wing warplanes fired missiles on the middle of Ariha city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on May 27th."
  • Image including names of people killed in Ariha and other places on May 27th, 2019. (via @idlibPlus).
  • A number of civilians killed and injured in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Destruction in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Volunteers on scene in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians in tears in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Huge destruction in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • ِA civilian in tears in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • A civilian being rescued in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • A number of civilians killed and injured in the aftermath of an airstrike on Ariha, May 27th, 2019. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest.)
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).
  • Alleged Russian raids on Ariha led to deaths and injuries among civilians. (via @Sy24ria).

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 type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 11
  • (2–4 children1–6 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–28
  • 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 (53) [ collapse]