Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4302

Incident date

January 11, 2020

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and eight civilians, including up to four women and three children, were killed and 20 others were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on a popular market in Binnish on January 11, 2020.

According to a tweet by @Homs19850111, 4 women and 3 children were killed and others were wounded as a preliminary result of an air strike that targeted a popular market in the city of Binnish. However, @Syriaaaaidlb put the initial toll at six killed, adding that “dozens” were also injured in the attack.

@SY_plus reported that four people, three girls (sisters) and their grandmother, were killed and more than 20 others were wounded in the bombing of a popular market. The director of the Civil Defense Center in the city, Abdul Latif Nasser, reported similar numbers, adding that there were critical cases among the wounded and that three raids were carried out on Binnish.

A Facebook post from Hiysh All provided the names of five of the people killed and four of the people injured who were from the town of Hiysh. The names of those killed: Shahd Khaled Al-Sheikh, Rawda Taha Al-Youssef, Maha Khaled Al-Sheikh, Maram Khaled Al-Sheikh, Aseel Nabil Al-Sheikh. The names of those injured: Mohammed Sheikh, Ghaida Al-Sheikh, Eid Nabil Sheikh, Muhammad Mustafa Sheikh.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported on January 22nd, 11 days after the attack, that Abdul Salam Asaad Fallahah died from the wounds sustained in the strikes on Binnish.

An image posted by @teskilatAr shows a father mourning his daughter who was killed in the airstrikes on Binnish.

@AyhamSteif identified the location of the strikes as being in the center of the city close to shelters for displaced people.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with @Ahmad_1alshble blaming the regime and identifying MiG/21 planes as being part of the attack, while others attributed the strikes to Russia. A Facebook post by Agency.news.Haq reported that vacuum missiles were part of the bombing.

The incident occured at 13:20:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

  • Shahd Khaled Al-Sheikh female killed
  • Maha Khaled Al-Sheikh female killed
  • Maram Khaled Al-Sheikh female killed
  • Aseel Nabil Al-Sheikh killed
  • Mohammed Sheikh injured
  • Ghaida Al-Sheikh injured
  • Eid Nabil Sheikh injured
  • Muhammad Mustafa Sheikh injured
  • Rawda Taha Al-Youssef Age unknown female killed
  • Abdul Salam Asaad Fallahah Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (3 children1–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (44) [ collapse]

Media
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    A father mourns for his daughter who was killed in airstrikes on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by @teskilatAr)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi via Twitter)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi via Twitter)
  • White Helmets sort through the effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi via Twitter)
  • White Helmets sort through the effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi via Twitter)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by @AhmedDekhan)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Survivors of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Effects of the airstrikes on Binnish on January 11, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi News)
  • Abdul Salam Asaad Fallahah, died on January 22, due to wounds sustained on January 11 in Binnish. (Image posted by As`ad Ahmad Falaha via Facebook)
  • Abdul Salam Asaad Fallahah, died on January 22, due to wounds sustained on January 11 in Binnish. (Image posted by Maktabbinnsh via Facebook)

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
    4 – 8
  • (3 children1–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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

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