Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3824

Incident date

June 20, 2019

Location

حيش, Heesh, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Three to six civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Heesh, Idlib, on June 20th.

Step News stated that “six civilians – including a child and a woman – were killed, and seven others injured after an airstrike on the town of Heesh, south of Idlib.” Meanwhile, Shaam News, also reporting six civilians slain, alleged that two children had perished in the attack.

Idlib Plus named those killed as Hassan Mohammad Al Sawadi, Mahmoud Mustafa Al Subhi, Muhsin Khalil Sijnawi, and three children Mohammed Adeeb Kashiyma, Jinan Omar Al Shawa and Raghad Omar Al Sahawa.

Syria Civil Defense stated that “Jinan Al Shawa, aged five, was buying bread and ice cream with her sister Raghad and her brother Abdel Razzaq, when the pilot hit them. She and her sister were killed, and her brother injured.”

Two sources attributed the strike to the Syrian regime, whereas three sources named both Russian forces and the Syrian regime in reporting the incident. Thirteen other sources did not positively attribute blame for the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (1–3 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–7
  • 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

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image Caption: "at least six civilians, including a girl and a woman, were killed as Syrian regime warplanes fired missiles on the middle of Heesh village village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on June 20th" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Caption translation: "Jinan Al Shawa, aged five, was buying bread and ice cream, with her sister Raghad and her brother Abdel Razzaq, when the pilot hit them. She and her sister killed, and her brother injured." (via Syria Civil Defense)
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    Image Caption Translation: "Martyrs and wounded civilians in the air raid that targeted the town of Heesh in southern countryside Idlib" (via @abuhuzaifa)
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    Caption translation: "Raghd Al-Shawa killed by the warplanes of Assad and Putin." (via @abuhuzaifa)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • Image caption translation: "The destruction caused by the air strike in the town of Heesh south of Idlib, which killed 5 civilians, including a child" (via Edlib Media Center)
  • A list of the names of those killed on June 20th (via Idlib Plus)
  • Caption translation; Cruel scenes from the first moments of the targeting of Heesh town by the Assad regime warplanes.
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
  • Destruction caused on civilian facilities and houses after an alleged airstrike on Heesh in Idlib on June 20th, 2019. (via Enab Baladi)
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    Jinan Al Shawa, was killed along with her sister and brother when they were in the market buying bread, as a result of an alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Heesh on June 20th, 2019. (via @anasanas84).
  • SCD volunteers and civilians trying to rescue civilians and children killed and injured in Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on a popular market in Heesh on June 20th, 2019. (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • SCD volunteers responding in the aftermath of Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on a popular market in Heesh on June 20th, 2019. (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • SCD volunteers responding in the aftermath of Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on a popular market in Heesh on June 20th, 2019. (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • The targeting of Heesh with air raids on June, 20th, 2019. (via @NagiNajjar).

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 type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (1–3 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–7
  • 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

Sources (38) [ collapse]