Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3945

Incident date

July 23, 2019

Location

الحامدية, Al Hamidiya, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

An unknown number of civilians were reported wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Al Hamadiya, Idlib governorate, on July 23rd, 2019, according to local sources.

@baladinetwork reported that “civilians were wounded by the bombing of warplanes on the town of Al Hamidiya near the city of Ma’arat Al Numan in the southern countryside of Idlib”.

@MasarPressNet tweeted: “Warplanes target the town of Deir Sunbul and the village of Al Hamidiya in the southern countryside, causing civilian casualties.”

According to @NagiNajjar, the strikes on Al Hamidiya were in conjunction with Russian strikes on Jabal Al Akrad, but the source stated that “the regime’s aviation most often takes off from the airport silently and executes on residential neighbourhoods in the liberated villages to inflict the greatest possible damage among civilians”, implying that the Syrian regime had been responsible for the strikes on Al Hamadiya.

Shaam News Network, however, blamed Russia for the strikes, writing: “The Russian military aircraft and heavy air raids accompanied by heavy shelling and artillery shelling on the cities and towns of Ma’arat Al Nu’man, Khan Sheikhoun, Tallakan, Kanda, Hamidiya, Deir Snabal, Jabala, Bassamis, Sahihan, Hayish, Najeej and Ma’ar Zeita. This resulted in one martyrdom in all of  Ma’arat Al Nu’man, Khan Sheikhun and Jabala and others injured in the other areas.”

Other sources reporting on the strike did not attribute blame to a belligerent.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]