Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3843

Incident date

June 23, 2019

Location

جوزف, Jozef, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Two to six civilians were reported killed, and four to five injured, in airstrikes on Jozef, Idlib, on June 23rd.

Smart news alleged that the “aerial bombardment” killed four civilians, and wounded “four others from the same family”, while stating that “two of its members are still missing and trapped under the rubble.” Meanwhile, the same source stated that “activist Ahmad al-Khatib said two civilians were killed and four others, including two women and one child, were injured as a result of three raids.”

As understanding of the events unfolded Macro Media Centre reported “five martyrs, including three children, a woman and a man” as a result of the attack. Both Shaam News and Edlib Media Center reported the death of two children out of those killed.

A later source, @abuhuzaifa_, reported the death of a young girl who had been injured in the bombardment. According to this source, “Rima Muhammad Qaddour, a young girl displaced from the town of Khan Shaykhun, was killed after several days, following shelling in Jozef in countryside of Idlib.”

However, @akhbar raised the death toll tweeting “A woman, a child, and four other civilians are the toll from air strikes launched by the Syrian regime’s warplanes in the town of Joseph in the Idlib countryside.”

While seven sources attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, five did not positively attribute blame. Meanwhile both Shaam News and Smart News named both Russian forces and the Syrian regime in reporting the incident.

Smart News stated that “the forces of the regime and Russia have launched a massive aerial bombardment of Idlib, Hama and northern Latakia for weeks, killing hundreds of civilians and displacing hundreds of thousands.”

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
    2 – 6
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: Five civilian martyrs, including 3 children in a horrific massacre as a result of several air strikes by the Assad regime and Russia on the town of Joseph in Jabal Al-Zawiya in Idlib countryside.
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    Image caption: "at least four civilians, including two children and a woman, were killed as Syrian regime warplanes fired missiles on Jozef village in Jabal al Zaweya in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on June 23rd" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Image caption translation: "Four martyrs, including two children and a woman, and five wounded as a result of guided missile attacks on the town of Jozef in Idlib countryside today, where the blood of the displaced and the people of the town mixed." (via Syria Civil Defense)
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    Image caption translation: "Four martyrs, including two children and a woman, and five wounded as a result of guided missile attacks on the town of Jozef in Idlib countryside today, where the blood of the displaced and the people of the town mixed." (via Syria Civil Defense)
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    Image caption translation: "Four martyrs and a number of wounded by a raid on the aircraft of the military regime on the village of # Jozef - mostly children." (via @abuhuzaifa_)
  • Image caption translation: "Four martyrs and a number of wounded by a raid on the aircraft of the military regime on the village of # Jozef - mostly children." (via @abuhuzaifa_)
  • Image caption translation: "Four martyrs and a number of wounded by a raid on the aircraft of the military regime on the village of # Jozef - mostly children." (via @abuhuzaifa_)
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    Caption translation: Five martyrs from the same family in Joseph town after SU-24 aircraft targeted it.
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    Caption translation: How would this man's heart stand the pain as he is having a farewell look at his daughter killed by the regime warplanes?
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    A man taking a final look at his daughter who was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes in Jozeph in Idlib on June 23rd, 2019. (via @ahmadalhadi77).
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    A child killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes in Jozeph in Idlib on June 23rd, 2019. (via @bodler15).
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    Abdel-Qader Al-Jamil was reported killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on June 23rd 2019 on Joseph in Idlib. (via Jouzef Today)
  • Smoke caused by alleged Syrian regime's airstrikes on June 23rd, 2019 on the village of Joseph, south of Idlib Governorate. (Copyright SMART, Published in the public interest).
  • Civilians and civil defense personnel carry an injured woman on June 23rd 2019 following an air strike by the Syrian regime forces in the village of Joseph, south of Idlib Governorate. (Copyright SMART, published in the public interest).
  • Two young men try to remove the rubble of a destroyed house in search of missing people on June 23rd, 2019, following an air bombardment by the Syrian regime forces in the village of Joseph in the south of Idlib governorate in the north of the country. (Copyright SMART. Published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians at the site of a destroyed house in search of people under the rubble after an alleged airstrike by the Syrian regime forces on the village of Joseph in Idlib. (Copyright SMART. Published in the public interest.)
  • Civilians and civil defense personnel at the site of a destroyed house in search of people trapped under the rubble after an alleged airstrike by the Syrian regime on Jozef village on June 23rd, 2019. (Copyright SMART. Published in the public interest.)

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
    2 – 6
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]