Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3743

Incident date

June 1, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that two civilians were killed and another one was wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib on June 1st, 2019. The wounded man reportedly died from his injuries sustained in the attack the following day.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially reported that two civilians had been killed and at least four more were wounded in several Russian airstrikes on Khan Sheikoun on June 1st. According to “Lens of khan Sheikhoun and its countryside”, the strikes took place before “breakfast hours”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights recorded the deaths of the brothers Amin Khaled Shahhoud al Najm and Khaled Shahhoud al Najm, holding Russian airstrikes responsible for their deaths.

Smart News Agency reported one injured civilian. On June 2nd, the SNHR wrote that “Ahmad Khaled al Ali, from Abdin village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, died on June 2, due to wounds sustained on June 1, as fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian [targeted] Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs.”

According to Orient News, “the city of Khan Sheikhoun, south of Idlib, was hit by three high-explosive long-range missiles.”

@riad_agha tweeted that the city was bombed for a second time “with burning phosphorous” around 10.25 AM. No other source mentioned the use of phosphorous.

All sources blamed Russian aircraft for the attack who, according to one local source, carried out the airstrike with rocket-propelled grenades.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Volunteers pulling bodies from the rubble in Khan Sheikhoun after it was struck by an airstrike on June 1st (via @ShahbaPress).
  • The brothers Amin and Khaled Shahhoud al Najm were killed in a missile strike on Khan Sheikhoun city on June 1st (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Ahmad Khaled Al Ali, from Abdin village in Idlib died on June 2 due to wounds sustained on June 1, as an airstrike struck Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib on June 1st (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Translation: “Yesterday in Khan Sheikhoun 6/1/2019” (via @Mnar18049738).
  • Translation: “Khan Sheikhoun bombardment with the burning phosphorous for the second time on Saturday, 6/1/2019 at 10.25 PM” (via @riad_agha).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers and other civilians recovering the bodies of victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Khan Sheikhoun on June 1st, 2019 (via @ShahbaPress).

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (19) [ collapse]