Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4310

Incident date

January 17, 2020

Location

كفرناها, Kafrnaha, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, two children were reported killed, and four other civilians injured in alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime airstrikes one of which hit an IDP shelter in Kafrnaha in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate in Syria, on January 17th, 2020. Edlib Media Center reported that Russian warplanes targeted the area with rockets.

SHRC identified the two children killed as Hudhayfa Fakkas Albaiyd and the younger girl as Aya Al-Kul, furthermore it stated that others were injured due to the alleged attack by warplanes in Uwaijil, west of Aleppo. SOHR specified that seven civilians were injured, including three women, but the Syrian Civil Defence posted that four civilians were injured, three women and a man.

Further material damage to the house has been reported.

An Enabbaldali reporter stated that  “the Russian occupation warplanes carried out an aerial bombardment on the (former) Beauty Hospital, in the vicinity of the town of Kafr Naha, before it became a temporary shelter for a number of displaced families, which led to the killing of two children, one of whom is a baby, and the wounding of several others, including 3 women.”

Shaam reported that the alleged airstrikes were conducted by: Russian warplanes and Assad’s warplanes, starting with the shelling of the area since the morning hours, targeted the raids that are still going on, “Kafrnaha, Al-Atareb, Ainjara, Al-Qasimiya, and Salloum”.

Syriahr and Orient alleged the belligerent to be the Russian armed forces, other sources for instance Aljazeera and Our-Syria reported differently and alleged the attackers to be the Russian Armed Forces and the Syrian Armed Forces. A local source reported on the alleged incident and claimed the attackers to be the Iranian armed forces, the Russian armed forces and the Syrian armed forces. Most sources on the incident reported on Russian warplanes conducting the attack, attributing the incident to the Russian Armed forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hudhayfa Fakkas Albaiyd Child killed
  • Aya Al-Kul Child killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
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  • SCD volunteer in the aftermath of alleged Russian forces or Syrian regime attack on Kafanaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via SN4HR)
  • Damage to IDP shelters caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Damage to IDP shelters caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on IDP shelters in Kafarnaha in Aleppo, on January 17th, 2020 (via MMC)
  • "Video showing Russian airstrikes targeting Kafrnaha in western Aleppo with vacuum missiles."
  • Watch || the first moments of documenting the aerial bombing on the area of return injured and the martyrs from the targeted residential settlement in the area of Awaijil
  • One of the women injured in strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed in strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the women injured in strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed in strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @sy24ria)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @sy24ria)
  • Two children were killed and four people were injured in the bombing. (Image posted by @mouhmmadhalk)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed in strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @mhmdfaisel )
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by @RamahKasem)
  • This scene is one of dozens of scenes daily... of men... the least that can be said about them is that they are saints The scene documents the recovery of two martyred children and a number of injured women and children after an air strike targeting them in one of the displaced persons’ centers in the town of Kafr Naha in the western countryside of Aleppo by the heroes of the Syrian Civil Defense
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)
  • Sorting through the destruction and damage caused by strikes on Awaijil on January 17, 2020. (Image posted by Enab Baladi)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]