Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4099

Incident date

September 12, 2019

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.5816284, 36.9212293 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and another child was injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Sarja the morning of September 12th 2019, according to local sources.

According to @SyriaCivilDefe, “A child was killed and another child was injured, as a result of targeting the outskirts of Sarjah village in Idlib countryside this morning.”

In a tweet posted by @abuhuzaifa_, “the child Israa was martyred when she was returning from her school” along with an image of notebooks covered in blood identified as hers.

A tweet from @Obadaalshamii added that “Israa Al-Mousa, 17, was killed in an air strike by the criminal Syrian regime’s warplanes targeting a student gathering near a school in the village of Sarjah in the Idlib countryside.”

A male child was also identified as being wounded by @anasanas84 and his name was given: Mustafa Hussein Al-Masraw, 13 years old.

Some other sources identify “a woman” as being killed but this may be due to the girl killed being nearly 18 years old.

Most sources identified the regime as being responsible. However, some identified a SU24 warplane as carrying out the strikes, which is a plane used by the regime and Russia. Tweets from @zendenhasan and @syrian191124 also identified Russia and the regime as carrying out airstrikes to break the ceasefire but didn’t specify which carried out the airstrike on Sarja.

According to various sources, these strikes came 13 days after a ceasefire.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: A child was killed and another child was injured, as a result of targeting the outskirts of Sarjah village in Idlib countryside this morning. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Caption translation: A child was killed and another child was injured, as a result of targeting the outskirts of Sarjah village in Idlib countryside this morning. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Caption translation: A child was killed and another child was injured, as a result of targeting the outskirts of Sarjah village in Idlib countryside this morning. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Caption translation: The child Israa was martyred when she was returning from her school by the Assad gangs flying and writing her last job with her blood on her notebooks to remain a curse and a witness to all who let her down and kill her (Image posted by @abuhuzaifa_)
  • Caption translation: A martyr and a wounded man in the village of Sarjah in Jabal Al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib, as a result of a raid by the warplanes su24 (Images posted by @anasanas84)
  • Caption translation: A martyr and a wounded man in the village of Sarjah in Jabal Al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib, as a result of a raid by the warplanes su24 (Images posted by @anasanas84)
  • Caption translation: The 17-year-old student, Israa Al-Mousa, died as a result of an airstrike by the Syrian regime's warplanes that targeted a gathering of male and female students near an institute in the village of Sarjah in Idlib countryside, on the first day of the truce (Image posted by @Tamer_Turkmane)
  • Caption translation: The 17-year-old student, Israa Al-Mousa, died as a result of an airstrike by the Syrian regime's warplanes that targeted a gathering of male and female students near an institute in the village of Sarjah in Idlib countryside, on the first day of the truce (Image posted by @Tamer_Turkmane)
  • An image posted by @zendenhasan shows the smoke caused by the airstrikes on Sarjah on September 12 that killed one child and injured another.
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    Caption translation: Russian and Syrian warplanes have returned targeting the safe areas in Idlib with the continued missile strikes by the Russian checkpoints that have recently spread to some villages they occupied from the former southern countryside of Idlib. (Images posted by @syrian191124)

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]