Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3738

Incident date

May 30, 2019

Location

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

Airwars assessment

Five civilians, including at least two children, were killed and up to ten more were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma’arat Al Numan on May 30th, 2019, according to local sources.

The Syrian Civil Defence (@SyriaCivilDefe) reported that “five martyrs elevated and 10 others were injured, trapped under rubble as a result of airstrikes targeting the neighbourhoods of Ma’arat Al Numan city this morning, civil defence teams are still searching for survivors under the rubble.”

@ajmurgent wrote that “four children and a woman were killed in raids by Russian airliners and Assad’s warplanes on Ma’arat Al Numan in Idlib countryside.” Okaz News also stated four children were among the victims.

Local Coordination Committee for Syria identified five victims of the attack, including two children, two women and one young man. Macro Media Center, however, reported the same names, stating four of them were children. The Syrian Human Rights Committee reported Raghad Qashit as being an adult woman, while the MMC stated she was a child. Abd Al Hadi Qashit was reported a child by MMC and the SHRC, but the LLCSy stated he was a young man.

Syria Noor reported that in addition to five fatalities, ten more civilians, mostly women and children, were injured in the strikes with four high-explosive missiles. Smart News Agency also stated that 10 others had been wounded in the strike.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “at least five civilians, including two children (one male and one female) and two women, were killed as Syrian regime warplanes fired missiles on al Gharbi neighbourhood in Ma’arat Al Numan city, on May 30.” According to this source, most of the victims in the attack were “from the same family.”

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Okaz News that the targeting of a residential area led to a building collapsing on its residents – adding that the majority of the civilians was still asleep when the strikes occured in the morning.

Okaz adds that “paramedics pulled a bloody teenager out of the rubble, who was killed on his bed by the building. Next to him, his brother was trapped under the rubble and was still alive.”

While most sources blamed the Syrian regime for the airstrikes, a few others, such as @ajmurgent and Step News Agency, blamed both the Syrian regime and Russia. @Omar_Madaniah reported only Russia as the responsible belligerent.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (2–4 children1–2 women0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The rescue mission in the aftermath of the airstrikes on Ma’ret Al Nu’man, Idlib, May 30th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: “Five martyrs elevated and 10 others injured, trapped under rubble as a result of air strikes targeting the neighborhoods of Ma'arat Al Numan city this morning, civil defense teams are still searching for survivors under the rubble” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • A victim underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Translation: “Impressive scenes for the removal of an entire family from the rubble of their destroyed house due to the bombing of Al Assad's planes in residential neighborhoods in the city of Ma'arat Al Numan in the countryside of Idlib” (via @HadiAlabdallah).
  • Translation: “Watch the first moments of rescuing a child from the rubble of his home, after targeting the residential neighborhoods of the city of Ma'arat Al Numan with an air strike this morning” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Translation: “Witness: Children in the rubble here and there are crying out from pain and injustice... Moments will remain entrenched in the minds of everyone who attended this morning's massacre in the city of Ma'arat Al Numan” (via @aboalhodaalhoms).
  • Translation: “In a minute and a few seconds, from inside Ma'arat Al Numan neighborhoods in Idlib countryside for this day... Children are scattered everywhere, but our teams managed to save them, while they were alive. "Yes, we are proud to serve you to the last breath”” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Translation: “This child has a soft voice in calling for prayer (Al Azan), which was killed by the Russian occupation airplanes in Ma'arat Al Numan today” (via @Omar_Madaniah).
  • Translation: “Harsh pictures of pulling victims from under the rubble.. Missile bombing of Assad and Russian aviation forces on the city of Ma'arat Al Numan” (via @RassdNewsN).
  • Translation: “A child was rescued from the rubble after the airstrike that targeted their house this morning in Ma'arat Al Numan in Idlib countryside” (via @AJArabic).
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    Translation: “The regime commits a horrific massacre in Ma'arat Al Numan, women and children victims” (via @Sy24ria).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
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    Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a killed or injured victim after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching for victims underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
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    A killed or injured victim underneath the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Translation: “Five martyrs and many wounded as a result of targeting the western neighbourhood of the city of Ma'arat Al Numan with air strikes from warplanes” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Civilians at the site in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers at the site in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Civilians at the site in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Russian bombing of Ma'arat Al Numan in Idlib” (via @AlHadath).
  • Translation: “The first moments of the massacre of the city of Ma'arat Al Numan, south of Idlib, 30-5-2019. Four martyrs as a preliminary result as a result of the targeting of warplanes of the regime forces in the western neighbourhood of Ma'arat Al Numan, south of Idlib” (via Macro Media Center).
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    The girl Lemar Qashit was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma'arat Al Numan on May 29th, 2019 (via Mohammad Al Khalaf).
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    Man carrying a child who was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma'arat Al Numan on May 29th, 2019 (via Mohammad Al Khalaf).
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    The boy Hamza Bakkour Qetaz was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Ma'arat Al Numan on May 29th, 2019 (via Macro Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a victim after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers and civilians carrying a victim after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).
  • Destruction after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).
  • Civilians on the target site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers on the target site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on May 30th (via Smart News Agency).

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
    5
  • (2–4 children1–2 women0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]