Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4064

Incident date

August 21, 2019

Location

دير الغربي, Deir Al Gharbi, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Four to five civilians were reported killed in airstrikes on Deir Al Gharbi, Idlib, on August 21st. Up to ten others were reported injured.

A tweet by @anasanas84 named the civilians killed as Wael Ahmed Al-Asaad, Hussein Omar Deeb Al-Asaad, Waleed al-Deek, and Muhammad Abdul Majeed Al-Rimi, from Khan Al-Sabil.

In line with other sources, both Shahba Press and Edlib Media Center reported “three civilian martyrs and several wounded” “due to raids by Russian occupation aircraft on the town of Deir al-Gharbi.”

Meanwhile, an early report from Shaam News reported the death of one child in Deir Al Gharbi, yet followed this with reports of “five martyrs and a number of wounded in Deir Al Gharbi” as a result of ” Syrian regime & Russian warplanes and helicopters launch[ing[ dozens of airstrikes in a number of locations.

Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that “at least four civilians, including a woman, were killed as warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on al Deir al Gharbi […], on August 21st, 2019” and a tweet by @anasanas84 also identified four people as killed.

@mahmoudalbakor1 said that cluster missiles were used by the Regime in the attack, while said in another tweet that the Russian forces attacked the area with highly explosive rockets.

Sources variously attributed the attack to Russian forces and the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Wael Ahmed Al-Asaad male killed
  • Hussein Omar Deeb Al-Asaad male killed
  • Manal Al-Asaad female injured
  • Waleeda al-Deek Age unknown female killed
  • Muhammad Abdul Majeed Al-Rimi Age unknown male From Khan Al-Sabil killed
  • Khaled Abdel-Rahman Al-Bakri Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (25) [ 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
    4 – 5
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]