Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3997

Incident date

August 8, 2019

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Three civilian men were reported killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib governorate, on August 8th, 2019, according to local sources. An unknown number of others were injured.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “a civilian was killed, and others were injured, due to aerial bombardment by Russian planes on Khan Sheikhoun city in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

Other sources cited the death of “two civilians”  and a “number injured.”

Baladi News stated that “three civilians were martyred on Thursday, due to a joint airstrike by Russian warplanes and another to the Assad regime, targeting the city of “Khan Sheikhoun” in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

According to this source, “two civilians were killed in intensive Russian raids on residential neighbourhoods in the city of Khan Sheikhoun. A displaced person from the northern countryside of Hama was also martyred due to the bombardment of the city with barrel bombs by the regime’s helicopters.”

Similarly, Shaam News Network reported that “activists said Assad’s warplanes, helicopters and Russian warplanes stepped up from the airstrikes on the city of Khan Sheikhoun, focusing on residential neighbourhoods and farms near the city, leaving three martyrs and a number of wounded among civilians, in addition to the destruction of residential buildings.”

Several sources, including @abuhuzaifa_, identified the victims as Wissam Abdel Hamid Al Nisr, Khaled Fakhri Al Najm and Hussein Al Nassif.

According to a SyriaTV correspondent, Wissam Abdul Hamid Al Nisr and Khaled Fakhry Al Najm died today in Russian airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, while Hussein Nassif from the city of Al Latamina was killed in strikes by regime helicopters on agricultural land between the cities of Morek and Khan Sheikhoun. Because sources disagree on whether the third victim was killed in this same event or other alleged Syrian regime strikes, the death toll for this event is put at 2 to 3 civilians.

Zaitun Mag wrote that, according to the Syrian Civil Defence, “Russian warplanes targeted the city of Khan Sheikhoun with 15 raids and Assad’s air force with 35 raids, in addition to 5 barrels and 7 artillery shells that hit residential areas, which led to great damage to residential homes.”

Many sources named only Russian forces in reporting the incident, however, a number of sources stated that both Russian forces and the Syrian regime were responsible for the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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
    Unknown

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Hussein Nidal Al Nassif was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun on August 8th, 2019 (via SHRC).
  • Khaled Fakhri Al Najm was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun on August 8th, 2019 (via Sufyan Mohammed).
  • Khaled Fakhri Al Najm was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun on August 8th, 2019 (via Hesham Al Najem).
  • Wissam Hameed Al Nisr was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun on August 8th, 2019 (via Hesham Al Najem).

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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
    Unknown

Sources (23) [ collapse]