Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4130

Incident date

November 4, 2019

Location

قرية الكفير, Al Kafeer, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.043867, 36.37178 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least three civilians, reportedly from the same family, died and up to 10 more were wounded in an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on Al Kafeer village, local media said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights “documented the death of three civilians of the same family including a women, in addition to the injury of four others of the same family, including three female citizens, in airstrikes carried out by regime’s warplanes on Monday morning on Al Kafeer village”.

A tweet from @Ahmad_1alshble named the civilians killed: Hassan Yasser Kurdi, Misbah Yasser Kurdi, and Heba Yasser Kurdi – all three were identified by Jisr Al Shoughour deaths as being brothers. The civilians injured were named as well: Muhammad Saleh, Rima Musa, Shahd Yasser Kurdi, and Souria Yasser Kurdi. 

Shaam reported “the warplanes of the regime targeted with air strikes on the village of Al-Kfir in the countryside of Jisr Al-Shughour, which caused the fall of three martyrs from one family, wounding others, as the civil defense teams responded to the bombing site and recovered the victims and aid the injured.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, also blaming the regime, said that two children were among those killed. Zaman Al Wasl additionally reported that two children were killed and “four others, including women, were wounded, as a result of an air strike carried out by “Su24” warplanes that launched from the “T-4” airport and bombed the town of “Al-Kufir” near the city of “Jisr Al-Shughour”, west of Idlib.”

Shahba Press put the death toll at four with ten more wounded.

Various sources identified both artillery and airstrikes as being carried out on Al Kafeer village.

Local Coordination Committees Syria and @SyrianCoalition were among sources blaming Russian warplanes. @SyrianCoalition said that both Russia and Assad were responsible while other sources blamed the regime.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Hassan Yasser Kurdi killed
  • Misbah Yasser Kurdi killed
  • Heba Yasser Kurdi killed
  • Shahd Yasser Kurdi injured
  • Souria Yasser Kurdi injured
  • Muhammad Saleh Age unknown injured
  • Rima Musa Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
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    A child is treated in a medical facility following an alleged Russia strike on Al Kafeer, November 4th 2019.
  • Caption translation: The effects of the destruction caused by artillery and missile strikes of the regime forces on the vicinity of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: The effects of the destruction caused by artillery and missile strikes of the regime forces on the vicinity of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: The effects of the destruction caused by artillery and missile strikes of the regime forces on the vicinity of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @AleppoAMC)
  • Caption translation: The effects of the destruction caused by artillery and missile strikes of the regime forces on the vicinity of the city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib (Images posted by @AleppoAMC)

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
    3 – 4
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • 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

Sources (24) [ collapse]