Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4176

Incident date

November 17, 2019

Location

الملاجة , Malaja, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between five to six civilians, among them at least three women, were reportedly killed by an alleged Russian airstrike in the town of Malaja, near Kafr Nabl in southern Idlib, on November 17th, 2019. Sources state that they were members of one family, including a couple and their son. According to several reports, another three to fourteen civilians were also wounded in the attack – among them at least one female infant related to the affected family.

A number of local media reports alleged there were five deaths, with all of the victims related to each other. Other reports stated that six people were killed. The victims were identified by some sources as four women and one child. Smart News Agency, a Syrian online news outlet belonging to the opposition media network, quoted local witnesses stating that three women, two children and one man were killed instead.

Three civilians were injured, two of them being mother and child, according to the SCD. Step News Agency reported four injured instead. According to @ShahbaPress, up to 14 civilians have been injured due to Russian air raids in al-Malaja, although it is not clear if the outlet is referring exclusively to al-Malaja or the overall toll of injured civilians by Russian Armed Forces on the 17th of November. A one-and-a-half year old girl was heavily injured and left in critical condition according to @syrian191124, who published a video of her treatment in a hospital. According to a tweet by @saidalgurabal, she was the daughter of the killed victims. Several other reports confirmed the girl’s injury.

All of the local media sources and the opposition’s aviation observatory, cited by AA news, blamed the Russian Air Forces for the strike. Sources reported that the belligerent attacked with more than one warplane. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) claimed that the attack resulted from missile strikes from a fixed-wing aircraft. The strike was reported to have been conducted in a residential area, severely damaging civilian homes as documented in video and photo evidence. Sources claimed that the stroke was aimed at Malaja city center. A video by the Syrian Civil Defense shows White Helmets in their search for survivors, recovering dead bodies from the rubble.

Several other victims were still missing and/or trapped under the rubble according to SOHR and other outlets. No further reports relating to the incident are presently known.

 

 

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1–2 children3–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–14
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
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  • SCD volunteers removing dead bodies from the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja village in Idlib.
  • SCD volunteers looking for survivors in the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib (via SMART)
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via SOHR).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via MMC).
  • SCD volunteers removing bodies of killed and injured civilians from rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers and civilians recovering a dead body from the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets lifting a dead body from the ground during recovering operations after an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Syrian Civil Defense recovering a body from the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • SCD volunteers are removing rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Two White Helmets are supervising excavation work during an SCD operation in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Zaitun Agency)
  • Three SCD volunteers during a rescue operation after an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Zaitun Agency)
  • White Helmets removing rubble from a destroyed residential building in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja in Idlib on November 17th, 2019 (via Zaitun Agency)
  • The remains of civilian homes in Malaja, Idlib, after an alleged Russian airstrike on November 17th, 2019 (via Zaitun Agency)
  • A female infant with heavy injuries during an operation caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (via @saidalguraba)
  • Doctors are operating a big open wound on a female infant's back cause by an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja, Idlib, November 17th, 2019 (via @saidalguraba)
  • A reporter showing the destruction caused by an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (via@abo_aljod84)
  • Syrian Civil Defense searching for casualties and injured civilians in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike in Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Civilians and White Helmets searching for bodies under the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike in Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (@Jamil_Alhasaan)
  • A man mourning the victims of an alleged Russian airstrike in the town of Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (via mohamad_rasheed)
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    A one-and-ahalf year old girl with heavy injuries undergoing operations after an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja, Idlib, on November 2019 (via @syrian191124)
  • The Syrian Civil defense and civilians removing rubble with the help of an excavator in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Malaja, Idlib, on November 17th, 2019 (via @allaith12345)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1–2 children3–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–14
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (39) [ collapse]