Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4096

Incident date

August 31, 2019

Location

أورم الكبرى, Urma al-Kubrah, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1475457, 36.9448239 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and six other civilians were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes against the Al-Iman Hospital in the town of Urma Al-Kubra on August 31, 2019.

Russian airstrikes allegedly struck the Al-Iman Hospital for children and women in the town of Urma Al-Kubra in western Aleppo in the middle of the night. Step News Agency reported six raids using “vacuum missiles”, otherwise described as “high explosive missiles” by SMART News Agency.

According to SMART, a child was killed and three other civilians were injured while Step News Agency reported on a total of six injured civilians.

The Syrian Civil Defense similarly reported on six injured civilians and reported that most of them were children, while in a separate post adding that the victims include ” pregnant women and newborns”. Enab Baladi identified those injured as being “six medical staff”.

A tweet by @EyadHoms20 identified ” six air strikes with vacuum missiles” as striking Al Iman Hospital. In an image that they posted, a baby is being treated by White Helmets for injuries.

According to a tweet from @ZlOZNMaJaSq4JK9, “Six missiles penetrated the tunnels, which led to the hospital being out of service.” Enab Baladi identified “five high-explosive concussion missiles”.

Local sources told Alaraby that “the medical staff and civil defense at the hospital evacuated the patients to another place.”

Images posted by Firat News Agency showed the destruction to the hospital caused by the strikes.

@alahmed_nasser tweeted that “the air force in the Syrian army targets the movements of militants near the Al-Iman Hospital in the town of Urem Al-Kubra in the western countryside of Aleppo, which resulted in a number of wounded, including 3 White Helmets.”

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the strike to Russian forces. However, Alaraby blamed the regime for carrying out the attack.

The incident occured around midnight.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (41) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Car near the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
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    Newborn baby injured at the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Step News).
  • Car near the Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Car near Al-Iman hospital after it was bombed by alleged Russian airstrikes on August 31st (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • "Russian warplanes target Al-Iman Children's Hospital in Aleppo countryside with air strikes"
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on al Eman Children’s and Women’s Hospital (via MMC)
  • Caption translation: Pictures of the effects of destruction in Al-Iman Hospital in the western countryside of Aleppo, as a result of its bombing with six concussion missiles by Russian warplanes, which caused the hospital to be completely out of service. (Image posted by Fırat News Agency via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Pictures of the effects of destruction in Al-Iman Hospital in the western countryside of Aleppo, as a result of its bombing with six concussion missiles by Russian warplanes, which caused the hospital to be completely out of service. (Image posted by Fırat News Agency via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Pictures of the effects of destruction in Al-Iman Hospital in the western countryside of Aleppo, as a result of its bombing with six concussion missiles by Russian warplanes, which caused the hospital to be completely out of service. (Image posted by Fırat News Agency via Facebook)
  • Images posted by Tallrfaatlove show the before and after of a hospital Urma al-Kubrah struck by missiles on August 31, 2019 - this is the before image.
  • Images posted by Tallrfaatlove show the before and after of a hospital Urma al-Kubrah struck by missiles on August 31, 2019 - this is the after image.
  • Caption translation: What remains of the “Al-Iman Hospital in Urum Al-Kubra, # Aleppo, after it was targeted by Russian warplanes (Image posted by Ahrar Halab via Facebook)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (41) [ collapse]