Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3993

Incident date

August 6, 2019

Location

لطمين, Latmin, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reportedly killed and three others injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Latmin, Hama governorate, on August 6th, 2019, according to local sources.

One source reported civilian deaths in Latmin. According to Baladi News, “three [civilians] were killed in a Russian bombardment on the town of Latmin in the northern countryside of Hama.”

Other sources only reported injured civilians. Step Agency stated that the “Russian air force launched several airstrikes targeting the vicinity of the village of Latmin, wounding three people.” @jisrtv tweeted that, according to local sources, “three civilians were injured by the bombing of the Russian occupation fighters on the village of Latmin, north of Hama.”

Meanwhile, Baladi News reported that “Regime forces and their ally Russia stepped up their air and ground bombardment of the northern and western rural of Hama on the early hours of Tuesday. […] The warplanes launched several raids on the city of Kafar zita and the villages of Latmin and Zakat, wounding three civilians in the village of Latmin north of Hama.”

The Syria Civil Defence reported the injury of two civilians in the attack, adding that their teams were at the site.

SyriaTV, however, explicitly wrote that no civilian casualties had been recorded: “Since this morning, Russian warplanes launched airstrikes on the cities of Al Latamina, Kafr Zita, the villages of Al Zakat, Latmin and Al Arbaeen, and regime warplanes bombed the cities of Al Latamina and Kafar Zeita, without any casualties reported.”

@la1mea was the only source attributing the strikes to the Syrian regime, writing that “warplanes and helicopters belonging to the Assad gangs launched airstrikes on the city of Kafar Zeita and the town of Latmin in the northern Hama countryside.” Most sources attributed the strikes to Russia.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Image Caption Translation: "Two civilians were injured due to the targeting of both Morek and Latmeen in Hama countryside, by air strikes from Russian warplanes this morning, our teams were there with civilians." (via Syria Civil Defense)

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
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]