Up to 19 civilians, including at least three children and two women, were killed in several air raids by alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime warplanes on July 24th, 2019, according to local sources. Up to 19 others were reported injured.
Syrian regime fixed-wing warplanes fired several missiles on a local market in the center of Ariha city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, damaging several shops and market facilities
According to Ariha Today, the bombing started at 10 AM when MiG-23 warplanes targeted the eastern neighbourhood of the city with rocket-propelled grenades, killing a mother and her child and wounding three other civilians. The fatalities were identified as the 40-year-old woman Ikram Rostam and her 1-year-old son Muhammad Walid Hassan.
The source added that at noon, the Al Ain neighbourhood was struck and another three civilians were killed, in addition to ten wounded – of whom most were women and children.
The main market in the city was struck at 4:00 PM, when another six civilians were injured. In total, Ariha Today reported that 19 civilians were injured.
@SyriaCivilDefe tweeted: “A woman and her child were killed and four others were wounded, including a child, as a result of an airstrike targeting civilian homes next to a kindergarten and the popular market in the city of Ariha in Idlib countryside this morning, our teams were there with civilians and were able to rescue a young man from under the rubble of his house.” In another tweet, the Syrian Civil Defence reported that in addition to one killed child, nine children and three women had been wounded in the second strike on the city.
Smart News Agency placed the death toll at a total of 19 civilians, most of them children, who were killed and wounded by the shelling on Ariha. The source also reported that a woman and her child were killed in the first strike and four others were wounded – including a child. The source added that another aircraft launched a missile attack on the city, killing a child and wounding nine children and three women.
Two days after the incident, @SyrianCoalition reported that the girl Riham, who was seen on several photographs trying to save her little sister Rowan from the rubble of their collapsed house, died of her severe head injury. The source added that “Rowan and Dalia remain with their three sisters.” The girls’ mother Asma Naqih (35) was immediately killed in the strikes on the family’s home.
Sources are divided on whether the man looking in agony at Riham and Rowan was the girls’ father or the family’s neighbour.
A source in the city told Zaman Al Wasl that regime warplanes launched six raids on residential neighbourhoods, using high-explosive vacuum missiles and cluster missiles.
Sources blamed both Russia and the Syrian regime for the several strikes on Ariha on July 24th.
The incident occured between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm local time.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Ikram Rustam 40 years old female killed
- Mohammed Walid Hassan 1 years old male son of Ikram Rustam killed
Family members (3)
- Riham Majed Al Abdullah 5 years old female died of head injury two days after the strike killed
- Asma Naqih 35 years old female mother of Riham and Rawan killed
- Rawan Al Abdullah 3 years old female sister of Riham Majed Al Abdullah injured
- Abdel Moneim Wael Qarabi 2 months years old male abrasions in the cheeks, facial area injured
- Abdul Jabbar Eid Age unknown male injured
- Omar Safwan Akhras 18 years old male head injury injured
- Saeed Mohammed Rihani 12 years old male killed
- Abdul-Jabbar Deeb Bassas 48 years old male foot injury injured