Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4271

Incident date

December 19, 2019

Location

ديرسنبل, Deir Sunbul, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A teacher and his wife were killed, and a number of civilians were wounded, in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Deir Sunbul, Idlib governorate, in the morning of December 19th, 2019, according to local sources.

Some sources, among them Baldi News, reported initially that only one woman had been killed in the attack. The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) identified two victims: the teacher Anas Mustafa Al-Rasheed and his wife Sana Adnan Al-Rasheed. The family had been originally displaced from the village of Kafr Basin in the southern countryside of Idlib governorate.

LCCSY reported that the raid was conducted by Sukhoi-22 warplanes at 10:39. SNHR blamed the Syrian regime forces, while Al Bayan claimed Russian warplanes fired the missiles instead.

The Smart News Agency added that houses were destroyed.

Video footage shows civilians carrying one male victim, who appears to be heavily injured or dead, and an injured young girl, out of a residential house affected by the explosion. One photo related to the incident shows two casualties wrapped in blankets in the aftermath of the attack.

The incident occured at 10:39:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Anas Mustafa Al-Rasheed Adult male killed
  • Sanaa Adnan Al-Rasheed Adult female Wife of Anas killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets rushing to the ambulance during a rescue operation in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Deir Sunbul, Idlib governorate, on December 19th, 2019 (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • One of the victims, reportedly called Anas Mustafa Al-Rasheed, in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Deir Sunbul, Idlib governorate, on December 19th, 2019 (via Khaled Arnos)
  • Two casualties wrapped in blankets in the aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the town of Deir Sunbul, Idlib governorate, on December 19th, 2019 (via Khaled Arnos)

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
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]