Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3728

Incident date

May 28, 2019

Location

:خان السبل, Khan Al Subul, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

At least four civilians, including two children, were killed and at least 12 others were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Khan Al Sabin, Idlib governorate, on May 28th, 2019, according to local sources.

In what Shahba Press referred to as “heavy air raids”, Syria Civil Defense claimed that five civilians were killed, including three children and a woman, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that at least ten civilians, including three children and two women, died in the airstrikes.

Idlib Plus initially reported the “martyrdom of a girl and the injury of two others”, yet later stated that four were killed in the attack, as the understanding of events unfolded.

Sa’oud Sabah posted a list of the victims of Facebook, including the names of four killed victims. The children Hamdo Jaber Al Bakour and Weam Ghayath Al Bakour were among the victims. In addition, the source reported that 13 others were injured, including an unnamed two-month-old child. According to the source, the town was targeted with four raids by eight helicopters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights wrote that three of the four killed civilians were children. @ShahbaPress reported “dozens of injured”.

Local Coordination Committee for Syria claimed that “eight helicopters bombarded the town with explosive barrels”, while Idlib plus referred to “high-explosive missiles”.

Multiple sources, including Idlib Plus, documented the “targeting of the Al Siddiq mosque”, and Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that the strike “partially destroyed the mosque’s building, and severely damaged its furniture” leading to the mosque being out of service. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria wrote that the mosque had been targeted with rocket-propelled grenades.

While some sources, such as the Syrian Network for Human Rights, blamed the Syrian regime, others including @OrientNews, pointed to Russian forces or to both Russia and the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (1)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]

Media
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    Translation: "The martyrdom of a girl and the injury of two others as a result of the targeting of warplanes in the town of Khan Al Subul in the countryside of Idlib, with high-explosive missiles." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Caption translation: "The destruction caused by the targeting of the Al-Siddiq mosque in Khan Al Subul in rural Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Caption translation: "The destruction caused by the targeting of the Al-Siddiq mosque in Khan Al Subul in rural Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Caption translation: "The destruction caused by the targeting of the Al-Siddiq mosque in Khan Al Subul in rural Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
  • Caption translation: "The destruction caused by the targeting of the Al-Siddiq mosque in Khan Al Subul in rural Idlib." (via Idlib Plus)
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    Caption translation: "Photos of wounded, injured by the military aircraft targeting the town of Khan Al Subul, including the mosque, with rockets." (via Edlib Media Center)
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    Caption translation: "Photos of wounded, injured by the military aircraft targeting the town of Khan Al Subul, including the mosque, with rockets." (via Edlib Media Center)
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    Caption translation: "Photos of wounded, injured by the military aircraft targeting the town of Khan Al Subul, including the mosque, with rockets." (via Edlib Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the air strike on Khan Al Subul, Idlib, on May 28th, from inside the mosque (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Translation: “The destruction of the Khan Al Sabil town mosque in the Idlib countryside with a raid from warplanes a little while ago. May God bless you with Assad and Russia” (via @4b7861052c8f4d6).
  • Translation: “Destruction of the mosque of the town of Khan Al Sabl in the countryside #Idlib with a raid from warplanes a little while ago... Oh God, you have Assad and Russia, and everyone who supported them even if he spoke” (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • Translation: “Dead and wounded in raids by the regime and Russia on the town of Khan Al SabIl in the Syrian Idlib Governorate” (via @AJArabic).
  • Translation: “A child was killed and two were wounded by regime forces shelling in Khan Al Sabil town, Idlib, Syria” (via OrientTV).
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    Translation: “Russian planes bomb Khan al Sabil Mosque” (via Hawar News).
  • Translation: “Watch the moment the town of Khan has been bombarded with explosive bombs. 5/28/2019” (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Al Sabil, May 28th, 2019 (via Ebaa News).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Al Sabil, May 28th, 2019 (via Ebaa News).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Al Sabil, May 28th, 2019 (via HalabTV).
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    Diaa Al Sabouh, a blacksmith, was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Al Sabil on May 28th, 2019 (via Al Ma’ara News).

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
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]