Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3775

Incident date

June 8, 2019

Location

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

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and up to three women were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on civilian homes in the outskirts of Ma’arat Al Nu’man, Idlib governorate, on June 8th, 2019, according to local sources.

@SyriaCivilDefe reported “the death of a child and the wounding of three women as a result of four airstrikes by warplanes targeting civilian homes on the outskirts of the city of Ma’arat Al Nu’man in Idlib countryside this morning.”

Attributing the attack to the Syrian regime, the Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the girl killed as Fadwa Jum’a Al Bassas.

@azaldenalkasem1 reported that two civilians were additionally wounded and civilian homes and property were destroyed.

@abdalazezketa reported the use of vacuum missiles. @NagiNajjar, however, stated that artillery strikes coming from a Russian camp south of the city of Halfaya targeted the city with cluster missiles.

While some sources pointed to the Syrian regime, others did not positively attribute blame to an active belligerent. Shaam News Network blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: “The rise of a child and the wounding of three women as a result of four airstrikes by the warplanes, targeting civilian homes on the outskirts of the city of Ma'arat Al Numan in Idlib countryside this morning” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • A man covered in dust standing next to a Syrian Civil Defence volunteer after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching the rubble after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Translation: “The death of a child and wounded civilians as a result of the warplanes targeting with vacuum missiles the southern neighborhood of the city of Ma'arat Al Numan” (via @abdalazezketaz).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via @abdalazezketaz).
  • Translation: “Syria, Ma'arat Al Numan: A dusty man leans on a civil defense member Saturday June 8, 2019, after an air strike by the Syrian regime forces targeted a residential neighborhood in the city of Ma'arat Al Numan, south of Idlib Governorate, in the north of the country, causing the death of the child Fadwa Al Bassas, wounding two civilians, in addition to destruction in homes and properties” (via @azaldenalkasem1).
  • A man covered in dust standing next to a Syrian Civil Defence volunteer after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via @azaldenalkasem1).
  • Translation: “The death of the child Fadwa Al Bassas as a result of the airstrike that targeted the outskirts of the city shortly before” (via Ma’arat Al Nu’man Lovers).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Ma'arat Al Numan on June 8th, 2019 (via Ma’arat Al Nu’man Lovers).

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
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]