Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3975

Incident date

July 29, 2019

Location

كفرزيتا, Kafar Zeita, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians, including a woman and a Syrian Civil Defence volunteer, were reported killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes and/or artillery on Kafr Zeita on the morning of July 29th.

Initial reports claimed two civilians were killed, including a woman and a volunteer for the Syrian Civil Defense.

According to local sources, four or five of the victims belong to the same family (Al Rajou family). However, only four victims were named as Ismail Salem Al-Rajou, Zuhair Al-Rajou (the Syrian Civil Defence volunteer), Adnan Al Rajou and his wife Khalidiya Mahmoud al-Hakka. The fifth victim was referred to by local sources as ‘unidentified’.

@AlarabyTV raised the death toll to seven “Our correspondent: 7 people were killed in Kafr Zita, as a result of Russian warplanes bombing the countryside of Hama, central Syria.”

Enad Baladi said that Zuhair Al-Rajou used to work as an administrator at White Helmets’ Hama Directorate. The Syrian Civil Defense (SCD) confirmed that one of their volunteers was among the victims. He was the head of the human resources department in the northern sector of Hama Director.

It is unclear whether Zuhair was killed while on duty or not. At first the SCD said that  “He was killed after he was targeted by the Russian warplanes in the town of Kfar Zeita in the countryside of Hama this morning.” In another post, the SCD said that “Four civilians from one family, including a civil defense volunteer, were killed this morning by Russian warplanes targeting their home in the town of Kafar Zeita in Hama.” From their side Justice Organisation said that he was killed on duty.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), he was killed as fixed-wing warplanes which the source believed were Russian fired missiles on Kafar Zeita, while Syrialiveua claimed helicopters bombed the town with barrel bombs. SN4HR added that the bombing killed three other civilians who are also members of Zuhair’s family.

No other details are known at this time.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (34) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Zuhair Rajo, an administrative officer for the Syrian Civil Defense, was killed by alleged Russian airstrikes on the morning of July 29th in Kafar Zeita (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Civil Defense Volunteer Zuhair al Rajo was killed in an alleged Russian strike on Kafar Zeita on July 29th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
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    Syrian Civil Defense volunteers carrying the remains of one of the victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on Kafar Zeita on July 29th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Caption translation: Five people from one family were killed in the Russian bombing of the city of Kafr Zita in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafr Zeita in Hama on July 29th, 2019. (via @ShehabAgency)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafr Zeita in Hama on July 29th, 2019. (via @ShehabAgency)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafr Zeita in Hama on July 29th, 2019. (via @ShehabAgency)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafr Zeita in Hama on July 29th, 2019. (via @ShehabAgency)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (34) [ collapse]