Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3934

Incident date

July 22, 2019

Location

سراقب, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Nine civilians, including four children, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian airstrikes that struck a local market and school in Saraqib in the afternoon of July 22nd, as reported by local sources. Up to 16 others were injured.

According to @ShahbaPress, four civilians including a woman were killed and 16 were wounded, while Step News Agency put the death toll higher and reported on seven civilian deaths, including four children.

@Sy24ria tweeted: “Six civilians were killed by Russian airstrikes, targeting the popular market in the city of Saraqib in the eastern Idlib countryside.”

Baladi News blamed the Syrian regime forces for what it described as “a massacre”. The source reported that a vegetable market was hit in the town of Saraqib, killing eight civilians and wounding more than ten, including critical cases.

The Syrian Civil Defence, who was at the scene, reported that military aircraft struck the popular market with four high-explosive rockets, killing, among others, four children and wounding five others.

Horrya News reported nine deaths. Several sources also reported the names of nine killed civilians, among which three children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a total of 15 civilians were wounded.

Among the victims were Hussam Al Zouri and the children Muhammad Husam Al Zouri and Aya Samir al Zouri. According to @bodler15, the child Aya was killed alongside her brother, presumably Muhammad. The source added that the child’s parents were killed in a previous airstrike.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “Syrian regime warplanes fired missiles on Najdat al Khaled High School for Girls in Saraqeb city in Idlib governorate eastern suburbs, damaging its building severely, on July 22nd.”

Zaiton Mag reported “massive destruction to residential neighbourhoods and shops”.

Sources blamed both Russia or the Syrian regime for the strike.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9
  • (4 children1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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 (39) [ collapse]

Media
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  • An Alleged Syrian regime strikes truck residential neighborhoods in Saraqib on July 22nd (via Shaam).
  • An Alleged Syrian regime strikes truck residential neighborhoods in Saraqib on July 22nd (via Shaam).
  • An alleged Syrian regime strikes truck residential neighborhoods in Saraqib on July 22nd (via Shaam).
  • Alleged Syrian regime missiles struck the local market in Saraqib on July 22nd (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Image Caption: "Syrian regime fixed-wing warplanes fired missiles on Najdat al Khaled High School for Girls in Saraqeb city in Idlib governorate eastern suburbs, damaging its building severely, on July 22nd" (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: “The Saraqib massacre 7/22/2019” (via Syrian Revolution).
  • Translation: “Six civilians were killed by Russian air strikes, targeting the popular market in the city of Saraqib in the eastern Idlib countryside” (via @Sy24ria).
  • Civilians looking at the damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Civilians looking at the damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers at the site after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying an injured civilian after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @Sy24ria).
  • Translation: “The Russian warplanes attacked civilian homes in the city of Saraqib in Idlib countryside” (via @muslim2day).
  • Translation: “Watch: Assad regime airplanes commit a massacre in the city of Saraqib, east of Idlib” (via @NeSyria).
  • Ali Al Ali was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Six civilian martyrs rose and nine others were injured as a result of the warplanes targeting the city of Saraqib in the eastern Idlib countryside” (via @HadiAlabdallah).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib, July 22nd, 2019 (via @HadiAlabdallah).
  • Translation: “Seven dead in the Syrian regime's bombing of the city of Saraqib in Idlib countryside” (via Al Jazeera Mubasher).
  • The child Muhammad Husam Al Zouri was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib on July 22nd, 2019 (via Faqed Al Ghawali).
  • Hussam Al Zouri was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib on July 22nd, 2019 (via Faqed Al Ghawali).
  • Mahmoud Nasr Ajaj was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Saraqib on July 22nd, 2019 (via Ammar Imara).

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
    9
  • (4 children1 woman4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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 (39) [ collapse]