Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3770

Incident date

June 6, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

One to five civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, on June 6th.

While Shaam News reported that one child had been killed in airstrikes, Syria Civil Defense stated that “five civilians were killed and others were injured as a result of the intensive shelling of the residential neighborhoods of Khan Sheikhoun by regime forces on the third day of Eid al-Fitr.”

Syrian Network for Human Rights named the child killed in the attack as Abdul Hamid al Jawhar. @abdalazezketaz  said that his parents were injured.

While four other sources also reported the airstrikes, with the Local Coordination Committee for Syria stating that “civilians were wounded by shelling in Khan Sheikhoun”, these sources did not claim any deaths in the incident.

Four sources attributed the attack to Russia, while Syria Civil Defense and the Syrian Network for Human Rights named the Syrian regime as the active belligerent. Meanwhile the Local Coordination Committee for Syria did not positively attribute blame.

Syrian Observatory for Human rights stated that the attack, which according to this source was carried out by “Russian warplanes”, amounted to “four airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun city”.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
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    An infant killed in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, June 6th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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  • Alleged Russian raids with vacuum rockets on Khan Sheikhoun on June 6th, 2019. (via @NagiNajjar ).
  • Alleged Syrian regime raids with rockets on Khan Sheikhoun. (via @TNNArabic)
  • Alleged Syrian regime raids with rockets on Khan Sheikhoun. (via @TNNArabic)
  • Alleged Syrian regime raids with rockets on Khan Sheikhoun. (via @TNNArabic)
  • Alleged Syrian regime raids with rockets on Khan Sheikhoun. (via @TNNArabic)
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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
    1 – 5
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (21) [ collapse]