Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4060

Incident date

August 21, 2019

Location

تل منس , Tal Mnes, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians were killed and between three and five civilians, including at least three children, were injured in alleged Russian and/or Syrian regime barrel bombing of the Grand Mosque and surrounding neighborhoods in Tal Mnes on August 21, 2019. This was one of two strikes that occurred on the same day in Tal Mnes, the other occurring in a hospital.

A tweet from @_Hasan_Mukhta referred to the “preliminary” result as one civilian killed and several injured. @NEDAAPOST also referred to one person killed and two wounded.

@IdlibPlus reported “two dead and a number of wounded.” A tweet from @Mohmaud_Anaus included two images of children that had been injured and @RevolutionSyria included the same image of the child (a baby), referring to the wounded child as the “youngest victim.”

The day after the attack, a correspondent from Orient TV reported that two civilians were killed and five others were injured.

A post on Facebook from Kafarnable named those that were injured as Ahmad AL khateeb, Heba Farhood, Mohammed alkhatib, and Anas Farhood. Abdel Hafiz Al-Farhoud was named as dying in the bombing. Syrian Network for Human Rights also named the child, Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Akil, as also being killed.

According to a post by Mohammad Albakor on Facebook, the strikes occurred at exactly 9:30am and the Grand Mosque in the eastern neighborhood of the town was struck in the attack. However, a post from Ahmad Hamdo Al farhood, who is the nephew of the civilian killed, says that his uncle was at evening prayer in the Grand Mosque and Resala News also refers to the strikes as occurring during evening prayer. Orient TV also identified six houses as being destroyed and damage to public property.

A video posted by Orient TV also shows the damage to the Mosque and refers to one person being killed in the mosque and another being killed in their home.

Several sources referred to barrel bombs being dropped from helicopters. Many of the sources did not attribute the strikes to anyone. However, @NEDAAPOST and a Facebook post from Tal Menes blamed regime planes for the strikes while @RevolutionSyria referenced “Russian-Assadi bombing.”

The incident occured in the evening.

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
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.

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    Image of a child injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Tal Mnes on August 21, 2019 (Image from Kafarnable via Facebook)
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    Civilians were killed and wounded in double airstrikes against Tal Mnes on August 21, 2019. It is unclear whether these civilians were killed or injured in the strikes against the hospital or against the mosque. (Images from Resala News)

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
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.

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