Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4272

Incident date

December 19, 2019

Location

خان السبل, Khan As Subul, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and at least four other civilians injured in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrike on Khan As Subul in Idlib on December 19th, 2019 according to local sources. The child who lost his life was identified as Abdul Ghani Khaled al Ramadan.

While the majority of sources reported the death of one civilian, Masrawy quoted a source confirming “the killing of 3 civilians in the town of Khan al-Subul and the injury of 11 others”. Baladi News reported instead that four civilians were injured.

LCCSY reported that the strike was conducted at 11:22 AM. Most local sources attributed the strike to Russian warplanes. TRT Arabia, however, blamed both Russian and Syrian regime belligerents for the attack.

According to Arabic RT quoting a local source, “Syrian warplanes targeted the terrorists in (..) the outskirts of Khan Al-Sabil, (…), which resulted in the killing of many of them, wounding others and destroying their military equipment”.

A video shows the White Helmets during their rescue operation in the aftermath of the attack, carrying a motionless body to the ambulance. Other video footage shows the destruction of houses and rubble covered in blood.

 

The incident occured at 11:22:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–11
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Destroyed residential buildings in the aftermath of alleged Syrian regime or Russian air raids on Khan As Subul in Idlib on December 19th, 2019 (via Our-syria)
  • Destroyed residential buildings in the aftermath of alleged Syrian regime or Russian air raids on Khan As Subul in Idlib on December 19th, 2019 (via Our-syria)
  • Destroyed residential buildings in the aftermath of alleged Syrian regime or Russian air raids on Khan As Subul in Idlib on December 19th, 2019 (via Our-syria)
  • Destroyed residential buildings in the aftermath of alleged Syrian regime or Russian air raids on Khan As Subul in Idlib on December 19th, 2019 (via Our-syria)

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
    1 – 3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–11
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]