Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4237

Incident date

December 7, 2019

Location

إبديتا, Abdita, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

As many as seven civilians, including a woman, five children and a man, were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7th 2019, according to local media.

Three sources said a child, Abdullah Al-Zaidan, died from wounds he sustained in the strike. The Syrian Human Rights Committee and ِAbo Ibrahim Tata announced the death of two other children, Noor Ali Zidan, 13, and Iman Ali Zidan, 11. A mother, Walaa Al-Jazzar, and her two daughters, Sundus, 2, and Zainab, 3, were also killed according to the sources. Zaitun Agency reported that a man had been killed in the strike, no further details were provided.

Shahba Press, @media_idlib and the Syrian White Helmets reported that four civilians, three children and a woman, were injured in the strike

The majority of the sources said helicopters of the Syrian regime carried out the strike using barrel bombs. Two sources, @mahmoodtalha22 and local journalist Hassan al-Muhammad said Russian aircraft had carried out the strikes.

The incident took place in the afternoon.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Walaa Muteeh Al-Jazzar Adult female killed
  • Sundus 2 years old female Daughter of Walaa Muteeh Al-Jazzar killed
  • Zainab 3 years old female Daughter of Walaa Muteeh Al-Jazzar killed
  • Noor Ali Zidan 13 years old female https://www.shrc.org/?p=35439 killed
  • Iman Ali Zidan 11 years old female https://www.shrc.org/?p=35439 killed
  • Abdullah Al-Zaidan Child male https://www.shrc.org/?p=35466 killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3–4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • An photograph of Abdullah Ali Al-Zaidan, who was killed in an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike on the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by Mohammed Al Shami)
  • An photograph of Abdullah Ali Al-Zaidan, who was killed in an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike on the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by Mohammed Al Shami)
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    Dead bodies following an alleged regime barrel bombing in Abdita, Dec 7th 2019 (via SN4HR)
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    A man cradles his child who was killed in an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike on the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7th, 2019. (Uploaded by @khalidaboalmjed)
  • In image purporting to show the moments following an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike on the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by @QasiounAr)
  • First responders are seen at the site of an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike in the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by The Syrian White Helmets)
  • First responders are seen at the site of an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike in the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by The Syrian White Helmets)
  • First responders are seen at the site of an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike in the village of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by The Syrian White Helmets)
  • Damage to buildings following an alleged Syrian regime or Russian airstrike in the town of Abdita, Idlib governate on December 7 th 2019. (Uploaded by @allaith12345)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3–4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (30) [ collapse]