Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4506

Incident date

June 9, 2020

Location

بليون, Balyon, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

On June 9, 2020, alleged Russian air strikes on Baylon resulted in the deaths of two civilians, including a woman, with multiple sources stating that between four and eight civilians were injured, including several children between the ages of 4-14.

Abdullah Ahmad al-Dani was reportedly killed by a strike on his home on June 9, and a woman, which one source states was Amenah al-Dani, his wife, died several days later from injuries sustained during the strikes. Abdullah was from the nearby village of Kansafra, according to multiple sources, including one that stated that he and Amenah were previously displaced. The UN stated that at least three civilian homes were destroyed in the raid, including that of Abdullah and Amenah. The same source notes that five others were injured in the same home, including two girls and one boy, ages ranging 4-14.

Syrian Civil Defense reported that a civilian was killed and eight others, including five children and a woman were injured in Russian airstrikes that targeted Baylon with three raids when civilians were getting ready to flee. On June 12th, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Amenah Dani from Kansafra village died of her injuries on June 12th, 2020.

Multiple sources note that the strike on Baylon struck residential areas, and took place in conjunction with other strikes by Russian and regime forces in the area, which sources state is in violation of a March 2020 ceasefire agreement. Though all the sources blamed Russian forces, @SyriaCivilDefense said the civilian casualties are a result of Russian airstrikes and artillery and missile shelling of the regime forces on different areas in Idlib and Hama. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in their report of September 15th, 2020 blamed the pro-regime forces for undertaking the attack without specifying which category of pro-regime forces.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Abdullah Ahmad Al Dani Adult male husband of Amenah Al Dani killed
  • Amenah Al Dani Adult female wife of Abdullah Al Dani, from Kansafra village, died of injuries on June 12th, 2020 killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (22) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers rescuing civilians injured in alleged Russian air strikes or Syrian regime artillery attacks on civilian homes in the town of Baylon, Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, with three air strikes on June 9th, 2020 (@SyriaCivilDefense).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • Destruction to civilians homes as a result of alleged Russian forces airstrikes on Baylon in Idlib, on June 9th, 2020 (via @ShaamNetwork.Arabic).
  • SCD volunteers in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on Baylon on June 9th, 2020 (via SNHR)
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    One of the civilians injured in strikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Daya`atna via Facebook)
  • One of the civilians injured in strikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Daya`atna via Facebook)
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    One of the civilians injured in strikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Daya`atna via Facebook)
  • Airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by @abo_aljod84)
  • The response of the civil defense teams to the sites of the Russian aerial bombardment on the town of Balion in Jabal Al-Zawiya, where a civilian was killed and 8 others, including 5 children and a woman, were injured.
  • Airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Maarata via Facebook)
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    Very graphic image of the man killed in airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Maarata via Facebook)
  • Airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Maarata via Facebook)
  • Airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Maarata via Facebook)
  • Airstrikes on Baylon on June 9, 2020. (Image posted by Maarata via Facebook)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (38) [ collapse]