Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3741

Incident date

May 31, 2019

Location

الزيادية, Al Ziyadiya, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three men were killed and up to six others were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Al Ziyadiya, Idlib governorate, on May 31st, 2019, according to local sources.

The village of Ziyadiya was struck by artillery shelling believed to have been carried out by the Syrian regime forces from its headquarters in Camp Gurin, in collaboration with the Russian Air Force. Local source Smart News reported that a medical source, who declined to be named, said that three civilians were killed and six others were wounded.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “three civilians from the same family were killed in a shelling by Syrian regime forces missile launcher on al Ziyadiya village which administratively a part of Jisr al Shoghour city in Idlib governorate western suburbs, on May 31.”

The Syrian Human Rights Committee identified the victims as Khader Al Arif (50), Ibrahim Eid Al Arif (30) and Hamid Al Jum’a Al Arif (19).

Several resources reported that rocket-propelled shelling was used. While most sources blamed the Syrian regime, Shaam News Network blamed both the regime and Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]