Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4477

Incident date

February 24, 2020

Location

البارة, Al Bara, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian, a young man, was reported killed and five civilians reportedly sustained injuries during alleged Russian or Regime airstrikes or artillery shelling on the vicinity of the town of Al Bara in the southern countryside of Idlib on February 24, 2020.

According to Syria Violence Monitoring and KMC, Russian warplanes bombed the road between Kafranbel and Al Bara. Doa’a, a Facebook page that provides prayers for the dead, said that Russia attacked the forest of the city of Kafranbel and Alhadath.Magazine stated that Russia striked around the city of Kafranbel.

Regarding civilian harm, SNHR said that “[Muhammad Anwar al-Othman al-Hasaki] from Kafrnabel city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed as fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the road linking Kafranbel city and [Al Bara] village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on February 24.” Baladi Network reported that one civilian was killed in airstrikes on the town of Al Bara, without identifying the victim.

Edlib Network News stated that “[a] civilian was killed and five others were wounded in the bombing of the Russian warplanes on the town of Al-Bara in the Idlib countryside.” Similarly, @abo_aljod84, a local reporter and journalist, claimed that “[a] civilian was killed and 5 others were wounded as a result of a Russian air strike targeting the town of Al-Bara, south of Idlib.” Both sources didn’t provide any details about the civilians that were harmed by the attack.

Sources are contested as to who was responsible for the strike. SNHR and Aljaeesh Alhor attributed the attack to Russia, with Alhadath Magazine saying that “Mohammed Anwar Al-Hasaki died, as a result of the targeting of the Russian warplanes with vacuum missiles around the city of Kafr Nabl, south of Idlib.” Contrary, Trendsyra11 and I42e3oXib8OK27z referred to the Regime forces as having carried out the attack on Al Bara. Shaam News claimed that both armed forces were involved in the attack, however they consolidated the incident into a larger report of strikes across the Idlib governorate.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

  • "Muhammad Anwar al Hasaki, from Kafrnabel city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed as fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the road linking Kafranbel city and al Bara village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on February 24th." (Hamody Alhasaky via Facebook)
  • "Muhammad Anwar al Hasaki, from Kafrnabel city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed as fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the road linking Kafranbel city and al Bara village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on February 24th." (Hamody Alhasaky via Facebook)
  • "Muhammad Anwar al Hasaki, from Kafrnabel city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed as fixed- wing warplanes fired missiles on the road linking Kafranbel city and al Bara village in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, on February 24th." (Hamody Alhasaky via Facebook)
  • The moment Russian warplanes targeted the town of Al-Bara in the southern Idlib countryside with high-explosive missiles.

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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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]