Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4055

Incident date

August 20, 2019

Location

حيش, Heesh , Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Two to three civilians, including a child, were reported killed in airstrikes on Heesh, Idlib, on August 20th, 2019.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that “a man and a child” were killed “as a result of Russian raids on the village of Heesh”. The same source elsewhere reported the death of three in the attack.

Syria.liveuamap documented that “two men and a child were killed in Haysh and Madani village near Kafranbel due to Russian raids.” @MasarPressAgency and Syrianoor also reported that two men and a child were killed.

Almost all sources attributed the attack to Russian forces except @Step_Agency, which attributed the strikes to regime helicoptors bombing Heesh with “barrel bombs.”

 

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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 men)
  • 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

Sources (9) [ collapse]

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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 men)
  • 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

Sources (9) [ collapse]