Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4170

Incident date

November 15, 2019

Location

البارة, Bara, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians including three children and a woman were reported killed and eight others including a volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense injured in alleged Russian airstrikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on Al Bara in Jabal al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, Syria on November 15th, 2019 according to local sources. Step Agency said the Russian airstrikes which attacked Al Bara were loaded with vacuum missiles.

Mohamed, Jenna and Safa al-hameedi, children from the same family, were among those killed by the airstrikes and @media_idlib reported that their father “Ali Hajj Hamidi and his wife” were saved from under the rubble. Tareq Aloush from the Syrian Civil Defense said that five people including a woman and three children were killed and eight others including a volunteer with SCD were injured as a result of a Russian airstrike on Bara in Idlib.

The Syrian Civil Defense captioned a picture showing three children saying “Mohamed, Jenna and Safa al-Hameedi, the people killed by criminal missiles while playing at home on Friday, where our teams found them together under the rubble.”

A tweet from @ramiswidfree identified the Civil Defense member that was injured as the “ambulance system driver” and pointed out that three civilian homes were struck and a man and a woman were rescued from the rubble.

While most of the sources blamed Russia, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Baladi, Step Agency, Shaam and others, SMART blamed both the Syrian and Russian forces by saying “On November 15, 2019, civilians were killed and wounded by shelling by Russian and Syrian regime forces in the town of al-Bara near Idlib in northern Syria.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Media
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    Children reported killed in an alleged Russian or Regime attack on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15, 2019 (via Abuhuzaifa_)
  • Five killed including 3 children in an alleged Russian airstrike on Bara in Idlib (via @IdlibPlus)
  • Mohamad, Jana and Safa were reported killed while playing in their home by missiles on Nov 15th (via SCD)
  • SCD volunteers removing injured civilians by an alleged Russian airstrike on Bara - Idlib (via SCD)
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Russian airstrikes allegedly attacked Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, killing and injuring civilians including children (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Children killed in an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Children killed in an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Children killed in an alleged Russian airstrikes on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019 (via Shaam).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike attack on Bara in Idlib, Nov 15th 2019, (via Shaam).
  • Two civilians reported killed in the airstrike on Al Bara.
  • Smoke resulting from airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib.
  • Destruction caused by airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @so_ria98).
  • Image of a page from Quran part of the destruction caused by airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @so_ria98).
  • White Helmets volunteers trying to find survivors through the destruction caused by airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @so_ria98).
  • Aftermath of airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @so_ria98).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib, on November 15th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus)
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    A child killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus)
  • Three children were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus)
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    A child killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bara in Idlib on November 15th, 2019 (via @IdlibPlus)
  • Caption translation: 5 civilians, including 3 children, were killed and 7 others were wounded, including a woman and an ambulance system driver, today, Friday, as a result of Russian warplanes targeting three civilian homes in the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib. Civil defense teams were also able to rescue a man and a woman alive from under the rubble (Images posted by @ramiswidfree)
  • Caption translation: 5 civilians, including 3 children, were killed and 7 others were wounded, including a woman and an ambulance system driver, today, Friday, as a result of Russian warplanes targeting three civilian homes in the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib. Civil defense teams were also able to rescue a man and a woman alive from under the rubble (Images posted by @ramiswidfree)
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  • Caption translation: After a raid by Russian warplanes on civilian homes in the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, civil defense teams headed to the site, and the surprise was the presence of an entire family under the rubble Our teams were able to save the father, Ali Hajj Hamidi and his wife, but the family lost their three children (Muhammad, Jana and Safa) (Image posted by @media_idlib)
  • Caption translation: After a raid by Russian warplanes on civilian homes in the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, civil defense teams headed to the site, and the surprise was the presence of an entire family under the rubble Our teams were able to save the father, Ali Hajj Hamidi and his wife, but the family lost their three children (Muhammad, Jana and Safa) (Image posted by @media_idlib)
  • Caption translation: Five martyrs, including three children, as a result of the targeting of a Russian warplane with three air strikes, the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib (Image posted by @abds02747)
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    Caption translation: The achievements of the Russian army today in the southern countryside of Idlib, the village of Al-Bara, in Jabal Al-Zawiya, as a result of bombing by warplanes (Images posted by @moustafaalhosen)
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    Caption translation: The achievements of the Russian army today in the southern countryside of Idlib, the village of Al-Bara, in Jabal Al-Zawiya, as a result of bombing by warplanes (Images posted by @moustafaalhosen)
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    Caption translation: The achievements of the Russian army today in the southern countryside of Idlib, the village of Al-Bara, in Jabal Al-Zawiya, as a result of bombing by warplanes (Images posted by @moustafaalhosen)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown 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
    1 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (35) [ collapse]