Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3996

Incident date

August 7, 2019

Location

راشا, جبل شحشبو, Rasha village, Jabal Shashbou, Hama , Syria

Airwars assessment

Five men were reported killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air and/or artillery strikes on the headquarters of the monitoring unit team of the Al Naser Army in the village of Rasha in Jabal Shashabou, Hama governorate, on August 7th, 2019, according to local sources. It is unclear if the men were directly participating in hostilities. An unknown number of other people were injured.

Geiroon reported that “five members of the monitoring unit team of the Al Naser Army, one of the components of the National Liberation Front were killed today, Wednesday, in a Russian airstrike targeting their headquarters, in Jabal Shashabo in the northwestern countryside of Hama.”

Local activist Muhammad Abu Rifaat told Geiroen: “Russian SU24 airstrikes targeted the headquarters of the Jaysh Al Nasr monitoring unit in the village of Rasha, in Jabal Shahshabo in the northwestern countryside of Hama. Four members of the team were killed, and two others were wounded.”

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four of the victims were part of the monitoring unit, while the fifth was a fighter with the National Front. The observatory reportedly monitors the movement of warplanes to warn civilians of airstrikes. The SOHR added that “the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in a critical situation.”

Several sources, including the Syrian Human Rights Committee, identified the victims as Abdul Razzaq Na’san, Ahmed Hilal ShaheenMohamed Jabero, Ahmed Salloum Abu Jalibib and Yasser Jerboa.

The Syrian Civil Defence wrote on Facebook: “Five martyrs and wounded others after an airstrike targeted Jabal Shhashbo in Hama countryside this morning, our teams were able to recover the martyrs despite the difficulty of access to the area, because of the intensity of the shelling.”

@ZaitunAgency posted a video on Twitter of strikes, captioning it: “A part of the artillery and missile strikes of Assad’s forces on Mount Shashabo in the southern Idlib countryside.”

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 5
  • (0–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
    Free Syrian Army
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–5
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Translation: “Shelling of Assad forces' rocket launchers on Jabal Shashabo in the northern Hama countryside” (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Photo of alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Rasha village on August 7th, 2019 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Translation: “A part of the artillery and missile strikes of Assad's forces on Mount Shashabo in the southern Idlib countryside” (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Translation: “Their voices terrified our enemy, and their warnings were preventing death like a shield of another kind, and their evils that delight our hearts have ceased. Jaish Al Nasr announces the death of a group of its observatories, as a result of targeting a contact point for them in Jabal Shashabo, west of Hama. Photo: Abdul Razzaq Na’san, Ahmed Hilal Shaheen (Twentieth Observatory). Mohamed Jabero, Ahmed Salloum Abu Jalibib and Yasser Jerboa” (via @AishaSapri).
  • Abdul Razzaq Na’san, Ahmed Hilal Shaheen, Mohamed Jabero, Ahmed Salloum Abu Jalibib and Yasser Jerboa were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on the village of Rasha on August 7th, 2019 (via @AishaSapri).
  • Syrian Civil Defence recovering the bodies of victims after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on Rasha village on August 7th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Abdul Razzaq Na’san, Ahmed Hilal Shaheen. Mohamed Jabero, Ahmed Salloum Abu Jalibib and Yasser Jerboa were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on the village of Rasha on August 7th, 2019 (via Step News Agency).

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 5
  • (0–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
    Free Syrian Army
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–5
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (13) [ collapse]