Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3984

Incident date

July 31, 2019

Location

كفرزيبا, Kafar Zeiba, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two children were killed and up to seven civilians, including at least one woman, were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Kafar Zeiba, Idlib governorate, on July 31st, 2019, according to local sources.

Al Araby wrote: “The bombing of the village of Kafar Zeiba, near the city of Ariha, resulted in the killing of two children and the injury of a woman, as a result of an airstrike by a warplane with explosive rockets thrown at one time on civilian homes, according to what civil defence teams reported.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the children as the girl Noor Muhsen Al Yousef and the baby Mohammad Fadi Al Yousef. Justice Organization reported that the baby was no more than nine months old. According to @NagiNajjar, the girl was four years old and the baby seven months old.

A correspondent for @jisrtv reported that “two children were killed and others were wounded”, implying that there were multiple injured civilians. @abonorx1 also reported that several civilians were wounded.

7al reported seven injured civilians: “The Civil Defence Directorate stated that this morning, warplanes bombed the village of Kafar Zeiba, near the city of Ariha, south of Idlib, with missiles, killing two children and wounding about seven civilians with various injuries.”

The Syrian Civil Defence reported their teams were present at the site, writing: “Two children were killed and one woman was injured by a military airstrike targeting civilian houses in the town of Kafar Zeiba near the city of Ariha in the village of Idlib this morning. Our teams were there with the civilians.”

While nearly all sources blamed the Syrian regime for the strikes, Justice Organization pointed to Russia. Enab Baladi reported both Russia and the Syrian regime as the belligerents of the strikes.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Baby Mohammed Al Yusufi was killed by alleged Russian or Syrian regime strikes on Kafar Zeita on July 31st (via Justice Organization).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers at the scene after an alleged Russian or Syrian strike struck Kafar Zeiba on July 31st (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Translation: “Two martyrs (children) and a number of wounded in an air strike targeting the village of Kafar Zeiba, west of Ariha, a short while ago” (via @binnish_revolu).
  • Alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zeiba on July 31st, 2019 (via @binnish_revolu).
  • Translation: “Two children were killed in raids of the Assad militia on the village of Kafar Zeiba, south of Idlib – Syria” (via Orient News).
  • The child Muhammad Fadi Al Youssef was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Kafar Zeiba on July 31st, 2019 (via Muhammed Cemal Attar).

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
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]