Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4228

Incident date

December 4, 2019

Location

كفرنبل, Kafar Nabil, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One person was killed and as many as eight people, including three children and three women, were wounded in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Kafar Nabl, Idlib governorate, on December 4th, 2019. The majority of the sources accused the regime of carrying out the strikes, some sources mentioned the presence of Russian aircraft in the area at the time.

Shaam News Network reported that one person had been killed in Kafar Nabl following “violent Russian and Syrian regime air raids”. No further information was provided regarding the identity of the victim.

The Syrian White Helmets release a statement saying: “Eight civilians were wounded, including three children and three women, and a large amount of material damage was caused to homes and properties after Assad forces’ helicopters targeted the al-Bureij farm area, west of the city of Kafr Nabl with barrel bombs”. Their staff assisted victims buried under the rubble of their homes. Both Enab Baladi and @media_idlib carried the statement in their reports about the incident.

Husam Ahmad Saloum also reported eight injuries, including two women and two children.

@oulaalassaad and @ZaitunAgency both reported that civilians had been injured in the strike without providing further details. They attributed the action to the Syrian regime.

@Sentry_Syria posted a tweet at 2:39 stating that a Russian warplane had been spotted flying southeast over Kafranbel (Kafr Nabl) twelve seconds prior.

@Step_Agency said the barrel bomb strike on Kafr Nabl had been carried out “in conjunction with intense drone activity over the region”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • Images attached to a Tweet uploaded by @abdalkaderlhep2 on December 4th, 2019. The caption reads "A violent bombing campaign by Assad's helicopters on the cities and towns of Idlib countryside. A child martyr in Bzabur, martyr of a woman in Maarat Hurmah and injuries in Kafranbel and Al-Bureij."
  • Images attached to a Tweet uploaded by @abdalkaderlhep2 on December 4th, 2019. The caption reads "A violent bombing campaign by Assad's helicopters on the cities and towns of Idlib countryside. A child martyr in Bzabur, martyr of a woman in Maarat Hurmah and injuries in Kafranbel and Al-Bureij."
  • Images attached to a Tweet uploaded by @abdalkaderlhep2 on December 4th, 2019. The caption reads "A violent bombing campaign by Assad's helicopters on the cities and towns of Idlib countryside. A child martyr in Bzabur, martyr of a woman in Maarat Hurmah and injuries in Kafranbel and Al-Bureij."
  • An image attached to a Tweet uploaded by @MMCSYR2 on Decemember 4th, 2019. The caption reads: "Helicopters of the regime forces target with barrel bombs the vicinity of the city of Kafr Nabl in the southern Idlib countryside"
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets attempt to locate injured people following an alleged regime or Russian strike in the Al-Bureij farm area, west of the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by @ media_idlib)
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets attempt to locate injured people following an alleged regime or Russian strike in the Al-Bureij farm area, west of the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by @ media_idlib)
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets assist injured people following an alleged regime or Russian strike in the Al-Bureij farm area, west of the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by @ media_idlib)
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets attempt to locate injured people following an alleged regime or Russian strike in the Al-Bureij farm area, west of the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by @ media_idlib)
  • Damage following an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by Our-syria)
  • Damage following an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by Our-syria)
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets search for injured people following an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by The Syrian White Helmets)
  • Member of the Syrian White Helmets search for injured people following an alleged regime or Russian airstrike on the city of Kafr Nabl on December 4th, 2019. (Image uploaded by The Syrian White Helmets)

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
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (17) [ collapse]