Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4009

Incident date

August 12, 2019

Location

معرة حرمة, Ma’aret Harma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed and an unknown number of others were injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma’arat Harma, Idlib governorate, on August 12th, 2019, according to local sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented “the death of a citizen and the injury of several others in a bombing by regime’s warplanes on Ma’arat Harma town in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

Shaam News Network reported: “Activists said that Assad’s air force targeted the town of Ma’arat Harma with several raids, causing destruction to a residential house for a family who refused to leave the town, leading to the death of a man and wounding others, defence teams managed to pull them out from under the rubble.” Syrian Network for Human Rights, among other sources, named the civilian killed as Ahmad Dibo al Rayya.

@baladinetwork tweeted that “a child was martyred and [others were] wounded by bombing of the warplanes on the town of Ma’arat Harma in the southern countryside of Idlib.” However, all other sources reported that the killed victim was an adult male.

@blaas083 wrote: “Ma’arat Harma: Ahmed Dibo Al Rayya was killed as a result of an airstrike by MiG fighters targeting the centre of the town in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

While some sources blamed the Syrian regime for the strikes, others pointed to Russia. A few sources reported both Russia and the Syrian regime as the belligerents of the strike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • 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
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  • Ahmad Dibo Al Rayya was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
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    Video caption translation: "The moment a martyr was found in the ruins of his destroyed house in Ma'rat Harma in Idlib countryside. The killer was Assad after he targeted civilian homes by warplanes on this morning." (via Syria Civil Defense)
  • Translation: “A martyr and a number of wounded, as a result of airstrikes targeting the town of Ma'arat Harma in the southern countryside of Idlib” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “#ZeitounAgency: Civilians were wounded as a result of the Russian air strikes on the town of Ma'arat Harma in the southern Idlib countryside” (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Photo of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Translation: “Terrorist sites in Ma'arat Harma” (via @liongeneral19).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via @liongeneral19).
  • Ahmad Dibo Al Rayya was killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Ma'arat Harma on August 12th, 2019 (via Ahmad Al Rayya on Facebook).

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 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • 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]