Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3724

Incident date

May 27, 2019

Location

معرة حرمة, Ma’arat Harma, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma’arat Al Harma, Hama governorate, on May 27th, 2019, according to local sources. Another civilian was reportedly injured.

Smart News wrote that “on May 27th, warplanes bombed the town of Ma’arat Harma, near Idlib, with explosive barrels and naval mines, causing destruction of residential buildings and fires on agricultural land.”

According to several sources, such as Syrian Network for Human Rights, 65-year old Gharib Al Habib was killed in the airstrikes. Zaman Al Wasl reported that another civilian had been injured.

@IdlibPlus reported the use of barrel bombs. @omaralhaj15 wrote that “more than 13 military and helicopter raids targeted the town of Ma’arat Harma within one hour, causing great damage.”

While most sources, such as the Syrian Network for Human Rights, named the Syrian regime as responsible for the attack, Step News attributed the strike to Russia. Zaman Al Wasl blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime.

Smart News Agency wrote that “Idlib province has been under heavy artillery, missile and air raids for weeks. As a result, hundreds of civilians have been killed and wounded, homes, public buildings and facilities have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Translation: "The moment when explosive barrels were thrown at the town of Ma'ra Harma south of Idlib yesterday."
  • Translation: Martyrs on Monday 27/5/2019 in the province of Idlib. Ma’aret Harma martyr: Gharib Al Habib (via Idlib plus)
  • Translation: “A video showing the scale of the destruction caused by helicopter targeting the town of Ma'arat Horma in Idlib countryside, with dozens of explosive barrels” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Ma'arat Harma in Idlib” (via @MousaAlomar).
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    Gharib Al Habib was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on May 27th, 2019 (via Ma’aret Harma News).
  • Translation: “Massive destruction and displacement movement in Maarat Horma, Idlib countryside, due to the regime’s shelling” (via JisrTV).
  • Translation: “Seven of the regime's helicopters drop explosive barrels on Ma'arat Al Harma, Idlib countryside” (via JisrTV).
  • Translation: “Huge destruction in Ma'arat Harma, Idlib countryside, due to aerial bombardments by the regime” (via JisrTV).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]