Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4251

Incident date

December 16, 2019

Location

كفروما, Kafarouma, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One person was killed and several civilians wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Kafarouma, Idlib Governorate on December 16th, 2019, according to local sources.

Iskenderun Arabic reported Russian aircraft struck the town four times between 20:38 and 20:55 on December 16th, 2019. According to the source, strikes on Kafarouma and the town of Jarjanaz resulted in the injury of Ahmed Mustafa Al-Ziyadi, Hind Al-Sateef and Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Subhi. The source did not clearly specify in which location the men were injured. Following a request for information from the Violations Documentation Center, the source provided the following names of people injured in the strikes: Mustafa Ziadi, Hind Al-Sateef and Mustafa Al Ali. According to the source the injuries were caused by a Russian strike that occurred at 20:40.

Baladi News reported: “Russian Air Force airplane took off from Khmeimim Airport in Lattakia countryside and bombed the town of Kafarouma in southern Idlib countryside with a number of rockets, which resulted in the injury of several civilians with varying wounds”.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported one person killed and several injuries from a Russian “rocket attack” that targeted the outskirts of the Kafarouma.

@jisrtv, @tarekahmd22  and @MMCSYR  reported that Russian warplanes had used vacuum bombs.

In a summary of events that took place on December 16th, Shaam News reported that Russian and Syrian regime helicopters carried dozens of strikes against towns in the Idlib countryside including Kafarouma.

The majority of the sources attributed the strike to the Russian airforce.

The incident occured at 8:40 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]

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
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]