Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4152

Incident date

November 10, 2019

Location

كفرومة, Kafrouma, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.6347489, 36.6258001 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between five and seven civilians, including three children, a nurse and a journalist, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kfarouma in Idlib governorate on November 10th, 2019. Between eight and 11 civilians, including children, were injured, as reported by local sources.

Step News Agency reported that Russian air raids targeted Kafrouma, “coinciding with artillery shelling from the regime forces stationed in Tel Aas”. Idlib Plus reported that the town was targeted with “three airstrikes and 17 artillery shells on civilian homes in the center of the town”. Halab Today also reported that “Civil Defense stated that the Russian aviation targeted civilian homes with three air strikes, followed by several artillery shells, which led to a “massacre” among civilians, noting that its teams had treated the injured to hospitals, and the bodies of the dead were recovered for delivery to their families.”

Besides the death of three children, Shaam News Agency also reported the death of a woman. They furthermore identified Abdulhamid Al Yusuf, a media officer in the Kafrouma Media Office, as one of the victims. Al Yusuf was killed while reporting on the airstrikes.

Siblings Fatima Aqsa (14), Iman Aqsa (5) and Mohammed Aqsa (3) were killed in the airstrikes. Their sister Asma (10) was injured. Syrian Civil Defence wrote in a post on Facebook that Iman and Mohammed were playing outside when they heard the sound of missiles fired. “The siblings fled and tried to hide in the bosom of their older sister Fatima, 14, but it was not a safe place as they thought”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Amer Kamal Al Basal, a nurse for A Salam Dispensary in Kfarouma, was killed as well while doing his job. They wrote that “Syrian regime forces artillery fired shells on Al Gharbi neighborhood in Kfarouma village as he arrived there to aid the injured of previous bombing by fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian on the same neighborhood”.

A tweet from @ajmurgent reported that “5, including two children and a woman, were killed in the Russian bombing.” However, @HadiAlabdallah reported “the death toll of the massacre of the town of Kafr Rumah in the southern countryside of Idlib increased to 7 martyrs, including two children, in addition to 8 injuries, including women.” A post from Mohammad Masri on Facebook reported that “more than 10 wounded”.

Eldorar News reported that some of those injured had amputations and a correspondent added that “the bombing targeted one of the shelters inside the town, which explains the large number of dead and wounded, stressing that most of the victims were civilians, as a reconnaissance plane monitored the targeted place, in an attempt to impede rescue operations”.

Sources were conflicted as to whether the regime or Russia were responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–11
  • 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 (62) [ collapse]

Media
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Damage after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via SMART News Agency).
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via Shaam News Agency).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
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    Photo of child that was reportedly killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Child receiving medical help after alleged Russian or Syrian regime on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via MMC on Facebook).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Siblings Mohammed (3, left), Iman (5, right) and Fatima (14, not pictured) were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafrouma, Idlib governorate, on November 10th, 2019. Their sister Asma (10, middle) was injured (via Justice Organization).
  • Caption translation: Today, Sunday, the correspondent of “Aleppo Today” reported that 7 civilians were killed and others were injured as a result of Russian air strikes targeting the town of Kafr Rumah in the southern countryside of Idlib. (Image posted by Halab Today)
  • Caption translation: The warplanes of the Russian Al-Asadi occupier committed massacres in the liberated areas, where 5 civilians were killed, including (two children and a woman), and 7 others were wounded in an initial outcome as a result of air strikes and artillery shelling on the town of Kafrouma in the southern countryside of Idlib. (Image posted by @modar28 via Twitter)
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    Caption translation: The warplanes of the Russian Al-Asadi occupier committed massacres in the liberated areas, where 5 civilians were killed, including (two children and a woman), and 7 others were wounded in an initial outcome as a result of air strikes and artillery shelling on the town of Kafrouma in the southern countryside of Idlib. (Image posted by @modar28 via Twitter)
  • Caption translation: 7 civilians were killed, including 3 children, and 10 others were wounded in a massacre committed by Russian warplanes in the town of Kafr Rumah in the southern countryside of Idlib, which targeted civilian homes with three air strikes followed by several artillery shells, which led to a massacre among civilians (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)
  • Caption translation: 7 civilians were killed, including 3 children, and 10 others were wounded in a massacre committed by Russian warplanes in the town of Kafr Rumah in the southern countryside of Idlib, where they targeted civilian homes with three air strikes followed by several artillery shells, which led to a massacre among civilians. (Images posted by @ahmed_alsheiko)
  • Caption translation: 7 civilians were killed, including 3 children, and 10 others were wounded in a massacre committed by Russian warplanes in the town of Kafr Rumah in the southern countryside of Idlib, where they targeted civilian homes with three air strikes followed by several artillery shells, which led to a massacre among civilians. (Images posted by @ahmed_alsheiko)
  • Image of Amer Kamal Al-Basal, a nurse for A Salam Dispensary in Kfarouma, killed in airstrikes on November 10, 2019. (Image posted by Husain Hasan Aldeek via Facebook)
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    Caption translation: A horrific massacre committed by Russian warplanes and artillery shells in the town of Kafrouma, south of Idlib, killing 7 dead and more than 10 wounded (Image posted by Ahmad Albiro Altayar 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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–11
  • 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 (62) [ collapse]