Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4080

Incident date

August 26, 2019

Location

كفرعويد, Kafr Aouid, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.6274583, 36.4452768 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between two and three civilians died and 12 more were wounded in an alleged Russian or regime airstrike on Kafr Aouid, local media reported. Most sources blamed the regime, though there was also a report that Russia had been active over the area and a tweet from @ahmaad_yosef identified Russian planes as being responsible.

According to the White Helmets: “Three civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded, including women and children, in an air strike by warplanes that targeted the popular market in Kafar Awaid town in Idlib”. A tweet from @HadiAlabdallah also reported that three civilians had died but did not give a figure for how many were wounded, referring to “several wounded.”

A tweet from @jisirtv reported that two civilians were killed but referred to that count as a preliminary result.

graphic video posted by @M25hLAkKS2ra6WD shows the bodies of two male civilians killed in the airstrikes. Images posted by Mohammed al Shami on Facebook show an injured child and at least one injured man.

A Facebook post by Alaa Moughlaj, who identified themselves as a cousin to the parents of two civilians killed, named two of those killed as Omar Mustafa Moughlaj and Jamil Akram Moughlaj. A tweet from @FSLA2011 added that Jamil was a student studying at the Faculty of Human Medicine at the University of Idlib.

The White Helmets added that one of its volunteers, Adnan Maglaj, was injured in the strike.

Images from @blaas083 and @NagiNajjar in addition to videos posted by @ufuk_sy and @syrian191124 show the smoke clouds above the town resulting from the airstrike. Images posted by Mohammed al Shami on Facebook show damage and destruction to buildings and fires.

According to a Facebook post by Mohammed al Shami, the town of Kafr Aouid was bombed by 6 missiles at once.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
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    A wounded child following a strike on Kafr Aouid, Aug 267th (via White Helmets)
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    The aftermath of a strike on Kafr Aouid, Aug 26th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of a strike on Kafr Aouid, Aug 26th (via White Helmets)
  • Caption translation: right Now: Sikhwi aviation drops its full cargo on the town of Kafr Aweid, south of Idlib (Image from @blaas083)
  • Caption translation: The regime's warplanes drop their loads at once on the town of Kafr Awaid in Idlib countryside. (Image from @NagiNajjar)
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  • Image of Omar Mustafa Moughlaj, killed in airstrikes on Kafr Aouid on August 26, 2019. (Image posted by Alaa Moughlaj via Facebook)
  • Image of Jamil Akram Moughla, killed in airstrikes on Kafr Aouid on August 26, 2019. (Image posted by Alaa Moughlaj via Facebook)
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    Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
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    Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Idlib countryside # the town of Kafr Aweid 26-8-2019 Three martyrs as a preliminary result and a number of wounded as a result of the warplanes bombing the town of Kafr Awaid with 6 missiles at once. Oh God, take revenge on Bashar al-Assad and his criminal gangs. (Images from Mohammed al Shami via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Jamil Muglaj was killed in a raid by the Russian warplanes on the town of Kafr Aweid in Idlib countryside yesterday. He remembers the student studying at the Faculty of Human Medicine at the University of Idlib. The actor of Russian warfare (Image posted by @FSLA2011)

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]