Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3935

Incident date

July 22, 2019

Location

كفروما, Kafarouma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that alleged Syrian or Russian airstrikes struck Kafarouma, Idlib governorate, killing up to three civilians. An unknown number of others were injured.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that helicopters belonging to the Syrian regime forces “dropped several barrel bombs on al Farouq al Gharbiya School in Kafrooma village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, partially damaging its fence, and damaging its building”.

@baladinetwork tweeted: “Civilians were wounded by the barrel bombing of helicopters on the town of Kafarouma in the southern countryside of Idlib”. @muhammad_salhab reported “a martyr and a number of injuries in the recent bombardment of the town of Kafarouma with barrel bombs”.

According to @MOHAMADJAPAS, a man and a woman were killed. @ShahbaPress also reported the death of a woman and another civilian, blaming the Syrian regime for the strikes.

According to Shaam News Network, “the indiscriminate shelling” killed two civilians. Baladi News reported that “Assad helicopter gunships carried out more than seven consecutive air raids on the explosive barrel on the town of Kafarouma in the southern countryside of Idlib, killing a man and a woman, and wounding others.” Orient News was the only source reporting three fatalities.

While most sources blamed the Syrian regime for the strikes, Shaam News Network pointed to both the Syrian regime and Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman1 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 attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Alleged Syrian regime forces helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on al Farouq al Gharbiya School in Kafrooma village in Idlib on July 22nd (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Translation: “Moments of the bombing of the town of Kafarouma in the Idlib countryside. Photography: Mohamed Hallaq” (via @AJA_Syria).
  • Translation: “Five helicopters take turns bombing the town of Kafarouma in the southern countryside of Idlib with barrels, explosive containers and marine mines” (via @syrian191124).
  • Footage of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafarouma on July 22nd, 2019 (via @abdalazezketaz).
  • Translation: “Zeitoun Agency: A part of the escalation of smoke as a result of the helicopter bombing of the regime's warplanes on the city of Ma'arat Al Nu'man and the town of Kafrouma in the southern countryside of Idlib” (via @ZaitunAgency).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman1 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 attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (19) [ collapse]