Four to five civilians including four women and one child were killed in an airstrike on Saraqib, according to multiple reports. While most sources blame Russia for the attack, others claim the Assad regime was responsible.
Shaam News said Russian forces carried out a “massacre” in which five non-combatants including children died. It reported that this was one of three incidents in Idlib on this day, the others being in Ma’arat al Nu’man and Sarmada.
Al Hall reported that “scores of civilians were killed, on Tuesday, and wounded more than a hundred others, a result of air strikes Russian warplanes, which targeted the cities and towns of Idlib countryside“, but they said that the Assad regime was responsible for the raid on Saraqib, which killed five civilians, including an unborn child in a mother’s womb, and left a number wounded. After two other incidents in Idlib on this day, activists said that hospitals were filled with wounded people and that there was an acute shortage of medical supplies.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed regime warplanes – again putting the death toll at five.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the number killed in Idlib had risen to 43 including four children and six women – blaming Russia and saying that the number of deaths was likely to rise due to the severity of injuries sustained in the three attacks.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Alaa Haj Musa Adult female killed
- Watfe Haj Musa Adult female killed
- Rahaf Haj Musa Adult female killed
- Nermin Habeeb Adult female killed
Sources (7) [ collapse]
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between 11-15 January.