Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4274

Incident date

December 19, 2019

Location

الواقعة بين قرية الهلبة ومعر شمارين, area between al Hlubba village and Ma’ar Shamarin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A least one civilian, a journalist, was killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on the area between al Hlubba village and Ma’ar Shamarin on December 19, 2019.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Milad Ahmad al Fares, from al Hlubba village in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on the area between al Hlubba village and Ma’ar Shamarin village in the eastern suburbs of Idlib governorate, Syria on December 19th 2019.

Local Coordination Committee Syria reported that the Russian strikes occurred at 18:29 and identified Milad Ahmad al Fares as being a journalist.

A tweet from @SkySyria_org pointed out that Russian planes were launching strikes against “the locations of terrorist organizations” without mentioning any casualties.

The majority of sources attributed the strikes to Russia and @Step_Agency specified that helicopters dropped barrel bombs.

The incident occured at 6:29 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (10) [ 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
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]