Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3879

Incident date

July 9, 2019

Location

دير الشرقي, Deir Al Sharqi, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, alleged Russian or Syrian airstrikes struck an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp with four rockets in the outskirts of the town of Deir Al Sharqi in rural Idlib, killing up to five civilians and wounding up to 15.

@ShahbaPress tweeted: “Three civilians were killed, including children, and at least ten wounded, as the Assad forces’ warplanes targeted the Deir Al Sharqi camp in Idlib countryside with missiles.”

Several sources, including @SyrianCoalition, alleged that two women and a child were killed. According to Step News Agency and Smart News Agency, a second child was killed in the attack as well. Edlib Media Center agreed on a total death toll of four civilians but claimed three women and a child were killed. The four victims were from the same family, according to a tweet by @IdlibPlus.

Five victims were identified by several sources, naming three killed civilians and two of the wounded. All reported victims were of the Al Barrak family. According to Faisal Rakan Kanj, the family was displaced from the village of Qubeibat Abu Al Huda in the northeastern countryside of Hama.

Enab Baladi reported the same first names of the victims, but stated that their surname was Al Khaled, writing that “the victims were: Thaqla Sulaiman Al Hayer, her daughter Amal Hakmat Al Khaled, her son Muhammad Hakmat Al Khaled (a child), and her grandson Muhammad Anwar Al Khaled (a child).” Other sources reported that the female named Amal was a child, rather than an adult, and wrote that she was injured.

@ShahbaPress added that a total of 15 civilians was wounded. Other sources stated that there were “several wounded.”

Syrian Civil Defence teams rushed to the site to recover the bodies of the victims and bring the injured to medical points.

Whereas nearly all sources blamed the Syrian regime, @SyrianCoalition pointed to both the Syrian regime and Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1–3 children2–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Syrian Civil Defense forces carrying one of the victims of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Syrian Civil Defense forces carrying a child, one of the victims of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @SyrianCoalition).
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    Video at the scene after an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Step News).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • A man walking through an IDP camp in in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib that was struck by an alleged Russian or Syrian regiem strike on July 9th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • A man walking through an IDP camp in in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib that was struck by an alleged Russian or Syrian regiem strike on July 9th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Smoke circling up from an IDP camp in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib that was struck by an alleged Russian or Syrian regiem strike on July 9th (via @so_ria98).
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    A man carrying the body of a child who was decapitated by an alleged Russian or Syrian regime strike on July 9th (via @so_ria98).
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    Video at the scene after an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media Center).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
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    Sheep killed in an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
  • Sheep killed in an alleged Syrian or Russian airstrike on a camp for IDP's in the outskirts of the town Deir Al-Sharqi in Idlib on July 9th (via Macro Media).
  • Translation: “Al-Jazeera Mubasher correspondent: Three people were killed and several others were wounded in shelling by the Syrian regime forces targeting the Deir Al Sharqi camp in the southern Idlib countryside” (via @ajmubasher).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer at the site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Deir Al Sharqi on July 9th, 2019 (via Manahi Al Ahmad).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Deir Al Sharqi on July 9th, 2019 (via Manahi Al Ahmad).
  • Civilians and Syrian Civil Defence volunteers on the site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Deir Al Sharqi on July 9th, 2019 (via Faisal Rakan Kanj).
  • Sheep killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Deir Al Sharqi on July 9th, 2019 (via Justice Organisation).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Deir Al Sharqi on July 9th, 2019 (via DiyrSharqii).

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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
    3 – 5
  • (1–3 children2–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (38) [ collapse]