Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3793

Incident date

June 13, 2019

Location

موقا, Mouqa, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Four civilians, including a woman, were reported killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on the village of Mouqa, Idlib countryside, on June 13th, 2019, according to local sources. At least one other civilian was injured.

@HadiAlabdallah tweeted: “Four civilians, including a woman, were killed as a result of the missile strikes that targeted the village of Mouqa in the southern countryside of Idlib with dozens of shells. This comes after the Russians announced a truce last night.”

Several sources, including the Syrian Human Rights Committee, named the fatalities as Abdul Rahman Shaaban Al AtrashSamer Abdel-Alaal, Mashhour Al Hamoud, and Aziza Al Ahmad, a displaced woman from Souran. Sulaiman Al Sourani was reportedly injured in the strike.

Kafar Nabel Live wrote on Facebook that “four cluster rockets launched by the regime forces targeted residential neighbourhoods in the village of Mouqa, leaving 4 dead and one wounded.” According to Justice Organisation, “a number” of civilians was injured.

Shaam News stated that “despite Russia’s announcement of a 72-hour truce, Russian and ِAssad warplanes continued to launch dozens of airstrikes, accompanied by heavy artillery and rocket fire on [a number of] cities and towns.”

Step News also reported the onslaught of attacks, yet did not positively attribute blame, referring to “the warplanes intensive raids” on various locations, referring to “many civilians injured”,  as well as four fatalities in Mouqa.

Four sources documented the use of cluster munitions in the airstrike.

Most sources named the Syrian regime as the belligerent responsible for the attack, but others, such as Shaam News Network, named both Russia and Syria in reporting the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Image caption: "Remnants of a cluster munition fired by Syrian regime on Mouqa village in Idlib" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: “Despite the ceasefire the regime forces committed a massacre in the village of Mouqa in the southern countryside of Idlib” (via @blaas083).

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
    4
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]