Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4086

Incident date

August 28, 2019

Location

معرة النعمان, Ma’aret Al Nu’man, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In what local media described as “a massacre”, as many as 15 civilians including up to five children and two women died and another 34 were wounded, including women and children, in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Ma’aret Al Nu’man after sunset on August 28, 2019. According to the Smart News Agency, 47 civilians were killed and wounded in the event.

Euphrates Post put the death toll at 13 including “five brothers”. In one post it blamed Russia, but in another it said that the regime was responsible.

According to the Step News Agency, “the regime’s warplanes committed a massacre against civilians in Ma’aret al-Nu’man city in the southern countryside of Idlib this evening [Aug 28th]. Abdullah Abu Ali, a Step News correspondent said that a SU-24 warplane dropped its cargo of eight vacuum rockets at once in Ma’aret al-Nu’man, killing 10 civilians, including five members of the family – a mother and her children. Another 23 civilians, mostly children, were wounded to varying degrees”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also blamed the regime, putting the death toll at 12 including two women and six children.

A tweet from @Sy24ria reported ” the killing of nine civilians, including women and children” and attributed the strike to Russia. Another post by @khalidaboalmjed put the death roll at 11, “most of them children”.

@OrientNews posted a tweet that reported ” Two civilians were killed and 30 wounded in an airstrike on the city of Maarat al-Numan, Idlib.”

A tweet by @thawrat111 put the number killed at 14 and the number wounded at 30, adding “the number is increasing, and there is a mother and her five children still under the rubble.”

Three of the civilians killed were named by @majed_abdalnoor as Mahmoud, Muhammad and Mustafa (children), “three brothers in addition to eleven other martyrs killed”.

A post by Shaam baladi named the civilians killed as: Yassin Al-Melhem “Al-Maarrah”, Ahmad Al-Hussein “Kafrouma”, Abdullah Yaroub Al-Hamid, Jihad Hasan al-Shalah “child”, Ahmed Youssef Darwish. They also named the civilians injured as: Muhammad Walid Al-Shalah, limays alshuhna ” tafla”, ‘amin alshuhna ” tifl”, Aamir Fadl Al-Gharib, Zakaria Al-Atrash, Muhammad Al-Awad, Ahmad Al-Darwish, Mohamed Doudi, Ghalya Al-Darwish, Aamir Jarban “Child”, Belle Hameemas, Yusef Al-Darwish, Yahya Al-Shalah, Hasna Al Darwish, hamdu alshuhna, may alshahna, Aamir Gharib, Fatima Al-Darwish, Fadia Al-Darwish, eazl alshuhna, muhamad alshuhna, Muhammad al-Shufah, shahid dubaybiun, and Amer Al-Beek.

Syrian Human Rights Committee also adds the names Nadera Darwish (F), The child Nawras Ayman Juban (M), Ahmad Abdul Karim Al-Barq (M) killed in the airstrikes.

A post by My Love Maaret Al Nu’man on Facebook added the name Yunus Ahmed Darwish as kill, bringing the named civilians killed to 15.

Enab baladi reported that women and children were among the 34 injured in the strike and according to Zaman Al Wasl, the majority of those wounded were women and children.

A tweet from @Charles_Lister reported that at the time, many people were still stuck under the rubble.

Videos posted by Hadi Al Abdullah show destroyed buildings, fires, and White Helmets removing bodies and helping injured people and trying to remove people from collapsed buildings. At least one body of a child can be seen being removed from the rubble. The same source also mentioned that the bombing, which they attributed to the regime, occurred in residential neighborhoods and caused great damage and fire to residential homes. They identified 12 civilians, including six children and two women, as being killed.

A graphic video posted by @asseraaalsham shows a teenage boy who was violently killed while riding a motorcycle.

A graphic image posted by @khalidaboalmjed shows five small children that were killed in the strikes, which they attributed to Russia.

Multiple sources, including Step News and @Sy24ria, reported that Ma’aret Al Nu’man was struck with eight vacuum missiles. Enab Baladi reported: “The director of the “Civil Defense” sector in Maarat al-Numan, Abada Zikra, told Enab Baladi that the “Sukhoi 24” Syrian warplanes targeted residential neighborhoods in the city with 12 missiles at once.”

The incident occured around dusk.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (4)

  • Jihad Hasan al-Shalah "child" Child female killed
  • Muhammad Walid Al-Shalah injured
  • Yahya Al-Shalah injured
  • ramziat alshalah injured

Family members (8)

  • Ahmed Youssef Darwish Child male killed
  • Yunus Ahmad Al-Darwish male killed
  • Ghalya Al-Darwish female killed
  • Yusef Al-Darwish injured
  • Hasna Al Darwish injured
  • Fatima Al-Darwish injured
  • Fadia Al-Darwish injured
  • Nadera Darwish female killed

Family members (5)

  • limays alshuhna " tafla" female injured
  • 'amin alshuhna " tifl" Child injured
  • hamdu alshuhna injured
  • may alshahna injured
  • eazl alshuhna injured

Family members (2)

  • Aamir Fadl Al-Gharib injured
  • Aamir Gharib injured
  • Mohammed Al-Shinah Abu Hamdo Age unknown male injured
  • Yassin Al-Melhem "Al Maarrah" Child male killed
  • Ahmed Al-Hussein "Kafrouma" Age unknown male killed
  • Abdullah Yaroub Al-Hamid Child male killed
  • Zakaria Al-Atrash Age unknown injured
  • Muhammad Al-Awad Age unknown injured
  • Mohamed Doudi Age unknown injured
  • Aamer Jarban "Child" Child injured
  • Belle Hameemas Age unknown injured
  • Muhammad al-Shufah Age unknown injured
  • shahid dubaybiun Age unknown injured
  • Amer Al-Beek Age unknown injured
  • Mustafa Al-Kreidi Child male killed
  • Ahmed Abdul Karim Al-Barq Adult male killed
  • Nawras Ayman Juban Child male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 14
  • (2–8 children1–2 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • 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

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Media
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  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan in Syria, August 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via White Helmets)
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    The aftermath of an alleged vacuum missile strike by the regime on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via EMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged vacuum missile strike by the regime on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via EMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of a strike on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Scenes from the aftermath of strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
  • Further scenes from the aftermath of the strikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    A dead child following an airstrike on Ma'arat al Numan, AUg 28th 2019 (via MMC)
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    The bodies of children following airstrikes on Ma'arat al Numan, Aug 28th 2019 (via SN4HR)
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  • Images from @Sy24ria show the destruction from alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images from @Sy24ria show the destruction from alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
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    Images from @Sy24ria show the destruction from alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images from @Sy24ria show the destruction from alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
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    Images posted by @khalidaboalmjed show five children killed in airstrikes against Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images posted by @khalidaboalmjed show the explosion caused by airstrikes against Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
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  • Images posted by @IdlibPlus show White Helmets removing bodies and the destruction caused by the airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images posted by @IdlibPlus show White Helmets removing bodies and the destruction caused by the airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images posted by @IdlibPlus show White Helmets removing bodies and the destruction caused by the airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Images posted by @IdlibPlus show White Helmets removing bodies and the destruction caused by the airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
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    Image posted by @Ahmad_1alshble of a child killed in airstrikes on Maarat al-Nu`man on August 28, 2019.
  • Caption translation: Civil defense personnel and residents are trying to pull out the stranded people from under the rubble of the bombing Maarat al-Numan 28/8/2019 Photography: Mustafa Sarout (Image posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: Civil defense personnel and residents are trying to pull out the stranded people from under the rubble of the bombing Maarat al-Numan 28/8/2019 Photography: Mustafa Sarout (Image posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: Civil defense personnel and residents are trying to pull out the stranded people from under the rubble of the bombing Maarat al-Numan 28/8/2019 Photography: Mustafa Sarout (Image posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: Civil defense personnel and residents are trying to pull out the stranded people from under the rubble of the bombing Maarat al-Numan 28/8/2019 Photography: Mustafa Sarout (Image posted by @AleppoAMC)
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    Caption translation: Mahmoud, Muhammad and Mustafa are three brothers in addition to eleven other martyrs killed by Putin a short while ago in Maarat al-Numan in Idlib countryside, and warplanes are still flying intensively, spreading killing and death around the clock without the eyelid of an international or Arab organization, amid a complicity in killing that the world has not seen throughout history (Image by @majed_abdalnoor)
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  • Caption translation: "Idlib countryside # Maarat Al-Nu`man 28_8_2019 😔 Child "Abdullah Yaroub Al-Hamid" was martyred as a result of the air strikes that targeted the city of Maarat Al-Nu`man today." (Image from Mohammed Al Shami via Facebook)
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    Caption translation: The killing of the child, Yassin Yaqoub Al-Melhem, in an aerial bombardment of the Russian warplanes and the warplanes of the Assad regime on the city (Maarat al-Numan) in the southeastern countryside of Idlib. (Image posted by Justice Organization via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: This angel child "Jihad Hassan Al-Shalah" was killed by planes The criminal regime today in the city of Maarat al-Numan (Image posted by Rami Al Mari ia Facebook)
  • Caption translation: The martyr Ahmed Abdul Karim Al-Barq in the protection of God Allah is my suffice, and the best deputy (Image posted by Khalil Hammadi via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: The young martyr Yunus Ahmed Darwish succumbed to his wounds two weeks ago as a result of the air raid on the city (Image posted by My Love Maaret Al Nu’man via 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 14
  • (2–8 children1–2 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–40
  • 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

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