Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4003

Incident date

August 11, 2019

Location

حاس, Hass, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was reported killed, and up to five including two children were injured in an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike or artillery shelling on Hass, Idlib in the afternoon of August 11th, which was the first day of Eid Al-Adha.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights named the child as Mohammad Thaer Qal`aji.

Macro Media Center stated that “a child was killed, and three other children and a man were injured after a MiG-23 fighter jet shelled residential neighborhoods in Hass town south of Idlib.” However, @ShahbaPress reported that, in addition to the death of the child, five others including two children were injured.

According to Baladi News and other sources, the victim child was an orphan whose parents were killed in a previous massacre committed by Russian warplanes on October 26th, 2016. However, Shaam Network said that his mother only was killed in what was known as the ‘massacre of pens ‘ in Hass, and that his father died later. Other sources said that Mohammad was the only child to his parents.

Sources predominantly attributed the attack to the Syrian regime, while others named both Russian forces and the Assad regime in reports of the incident. For example,  @FSLA2011 accused Russia: “the child, Mohammad Thaer Qal`aji, from the town of Hass in the southeastern countryside of Idlib, was killed, as a result of an airstrike by the Russian warplanes on the town, in addition to causing a number of civilian casualties, on the first day of Eid al-Adha.”

But the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported attributed the responsibility to the Syrian regime which  “fired missiles near Saned School for Orphans in Hass village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, partially damaging its building and furniture, on August 11th.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
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  • An image of the white helmets in Hass village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate after the alleged airstrikee by Russia or the Syrian regime, on August 11, 2019." (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    The child Mohammad Thaer Qal`aji who was killed in his new Eid clothes by the alleged airstrike by Russia and Syria regime on August 11, 2019. (via @abuhuzaifa_)
  • An image of a street in Hass town in southern Idlib countryside after an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike which resulted in the death of one child and many wounded including two children on August 11, 2019. (via Shaam News)
  • Aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Hass town in southern Idlib countryside on August 11, 2019. (via Shaam News)
  • An alleged Russian or Syrian airstrikes targeted the center of Hass town in southern Idlib countryside on August 11, 2019.(via Shaam News)
  • The destruction that was left behind by the alleged airstrikes by Russian and Syrian regime on the center of Hass town in southern Idlib countryside on August 11, 2019. (via Shaam News)
  • Aftermath of the alleged airstrikes by Russian or Syrian regime on the center of Hass town in southern Idlib countryside on August 11, 2019. (via Shaam News)
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    A child was killed and others were injured on Sunday in an aerial bombardment by Russia or Syria targeting the village of Haas in the southern countryside of Idlibe southern countryside of Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via Shaam News)
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    The video is capturing the destruction and the death of a child that was caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike by MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via @blaas083)
  • An image of a destroyed shop that was caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike by MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via MMC)
  • An image of the destruction that was caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike by MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via MMC)
  • An image of where the child was killed due to the airstrike by Russia or the Syrian regime by MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of the destruction that was caused by an alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike by MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via MMC)
  • An image capturing the alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike using MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via @anasanas84)
  • An image showing the alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike by a MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via @ZaitunAgency)
  • A close up image on the alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike using MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via @ZaitunAgency)
  • Another image showing the alleged Russian or Syrian airstrike using MiG-23 fighter jet on Hass, Idlib on August 11, 2019. (via @ZaitunAgency)

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]