Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3816

Incident date

June 18, 2019

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

A civilian was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zeita, Hama governorate, on June 18th, 2019, according to local sources. In addition, an unknown number of civilians was reported injured.

According to Shaam News Network, “Russian warplanes launched air raids accompanied by heavy artillery and missile bombardment on the towns and villages of Kafar Zeita, Altamna, Zakat, Hasaraya, Tal Lahh, Al Babi and Al Zaqqum, resulting in one martyr in Kafar Zeita.” Shahba Press reported that additionally, civilians were wounded.

@MasarPressNet tweeted that “a civilian was martyred by Russian raids on the city of Kafar Zeita in the northern countryside with missiles.”

Bawaba.Hamah reported that the victim was Bassam Ahmed Andani from the village of Khattab, north of Hama. The source blamed Russia for the civilian’s death.

@NagiNajjar reported “a raid of the 24 Sikh warplanes with five vacuum missiles.”

While most sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, blamed Russia for the airstrikes, others, such as Masrawy, pointed to both Russia and the Syrian regime. @MahmodHamway was the only source solely attributing the strike to the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Translation: “A martyr in an air strike in the north of Hama. A civilian from the village of Khattab, north of Hama, was killed in an air strike on the city of Kafar Zeita, on Tuesday. Activists said, that the Russian warplanes targeted the city of Kafar Zeita, which resulted in the death of Bassam Ahmed Andani, who was identified on Wednesday” (via Bawaba.Hamah).
  • Translation: “A fourth Russian air strike on the city of Kafar Zeita” (via @shabablatamni).
  • Alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zeita on June 18th, 2019 (via @shabablatamni).
  • Translation: “A martyr in an air strike in the north of Hama. A civilian from the village of Khattab, north of Hama, was killed in an air strike on the city of Kafr Zita, on Tuesday. Activists said, that the Russian warplanes targeted the city of Kafar Zeita, which resulted in the death of Bassam Ahmed Andani, who was identified on Wednesday” (via Bawaba.Hamah).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]