Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4369

Incident date

January 27, 2020

Location

سراقب,, Saraqib, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One man was killed and three civilians, including a girl, were injured after alleged Russian or Syrian regime air or artillery strikes on the city of Saraqib, Idlib governorate on January 27th, 2020, according to local media.

The Palestine News Network reported: “Russian warplanes raided residential neighborhoods in the city of Saraqib, using high-explosive missiles, killing a young civilian and wounding three others, including a girl.”

The Syrian Civil Defence (Idlib) said the strike occurred at dawn.

One young man could be seen being helped into an ambulance in a video uploaded by @media_idlib.

@media_idlib said members of the White Helmets helped the wounded and handed over the body of a young man to his family.

@aboaymankhaledk reported “massive destruction of residential buildings” as a result of Russian raids on residential neighborhoods of the city.

Five of the sources alleged that vacuum munitions were used. @MMCSYR, @mohmad_rasheed and @1qoR4CfweChkK9w said Russian aircraft delivered the munitions, @media_idlib and @Ammar_Haskur said the aircraft belonged to the Syrian airforce.

Anas Tracey said four strikes were carried out in Saraqib over the course of January 27th, 2020:

00:06 Raid by regime warplanes targeting the outskirts of Saraqib city.

13:36 A raid by regime warplanes targeted the vicinity of Saraqib city.

15:40 A raid by regime warplanes targeted the vicinity of Saraqib city.

17:09 A raid by regime warplanes targeted the vicinity of Saraqib city.

18:06 A raid by the regime’s machine guns targeted the city of Saraqib

18:49 A raid by the regime’s machine guns targeted the city of Saraqib.

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian and Assad air forces launched dozens of air strikes in the midst of artillery and missile shelling in the areas of clashes, cities, towns, villages, Maarat al-Numan, Sarqib, Kafrnbel, Jericho, Maarat Harima, Benin, Sarjat Maarzita, Mardikh, Hass, Ahsam, Tarnabah, Aafs, Kafr Fatekh, Shanan, Kafarma, Khan al-Sabil, Dadaekh, Marbessah, Dair Shanbut, Sirnakb. There were two martyrs in the town of Shannan, two martyrs in the town of Mordikh, and a martyr in Saraqib“.

The majority of the sources accused the Russian airforce of carrying out the strike.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
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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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]