Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4517

Incident date

August 3, 2020

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib , Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians have been killed and up to seven injured due to multiple alleged airstrikes by Russian and Assadi forces on the town of Binnish, Idlib province on August 3rd 2020.

Ariha post reported the names of three civilians from one family killed in the strike : Majed Ibn Jassim Al-Mohammed, Majid Ibn Musleh Al-Mohammed and Zaid Ibn Musleh al-Muhammad. The civilians were displaced from the village of Al-Burj, eastern Idlib countryside.

Halabtoday reported: “The Civil Defense said that 3 civilians were killed and 7 others were injured at dawn Monday as a result of the targeting of the Russian warplanes and regime artillery at the outskirts of the northern city of Bunche and the camps for the displaced, with five air strikes and 10 artillery shells.”

The majority of sources only mentioned that “others” were injured while Xber News reported that five civilians were injured. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was the only source to mention that one civilian was killed. @abuhuzaifa_ posted an image showing a boy with bandages for his injuries and mentioned that his mother and father were killed in the incident.

Multiple sources reported the number of civilian deaths rose to four. The strikes hit tents housing displaced people resulting in the tents setting fire.

Xber news reported that following the five air strikes allegedly carried out by Russian warplanes: “the aerial bombardment on the area was followed by intense artillery and missile targeting by the Syrian regime forces stationed near the aforementioned area.” Xber news was the only source to mention militants involved in the airstrike, reporting that two militants were killed.

Multiple sources corroborated how the alleged Russian airstrikes were synchronized with alleged Syrian regime bombardement, SCD added detail: “In conjunction with the Russian air strikes, artillery bombardments of the regime forces targeted about 10 shells, the same place, with the aim of causing the largest possible number of casualties and preventing civil defense teams from reaching and saving civilians.”

Only one source added Iran as an alleged belligerent.

Multiple sources noted that this went against the truce of de-escalation between Turkey and Russia. Halabtoday reported that “It is noteworthy that the southern countryside of Idlib falls within the agreement of the fifth of March between Ankara and Moscow, which provides for a ceasefire, and the conduct of Turkish-Russian patrols from the Al-Tarnbah region east of Idlib to the northern countryside of Latakia.”

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (48) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: “National aviation targets Binnish with spiteful air strikes in conjunction with artillery shelling” (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via Ain Ala Hasaka).
  • The bodies of civilians killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Translation: "Three civilians from one family were killed and seven others were injured, at dawn today, Monday 3 August, by Russian air strikes and artillery shelling of the regime targeting tents for displaced persons and residential buildings on the outskirts of Bunche city in Idlib eastern countryside” (via SCD).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence recovering the body of a victim after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers recovering bodies of victims after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via SCD).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Children on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Boy on a vehicle after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Civilians in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • A wounded child on the target site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish, August 3rd (via Baladi News).
  • Translation: “The father and mother died in a critical condition as a result of a severe injury, and these children remained alone. The family of Musleh Al Muhammad from Reef #Saraqeb after an aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation on the outskirts of the city of Bunche at dawn today” (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • These siblings lost their parents in alleged Russian airstrikes on Binnish on August 3rd, 2020 (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • Translation: “The devastation caused by the bombing of the Russian occupation plane in several air strikes in Binnish City, east of Idlib, at dawn today” (via Edlib Media Center).
  • The targeted site of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • A destroyed building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Translation: “Three martyrs of one family and a number of wounded as a result of five successive raids from the Russian sail forces on the northern part of the city #Binnish Idlib countryside” (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the city of Binnish on August 3rd (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Translation: “Part of the Russian bombing of Binnish city this morning” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “Shaam Pictures show the effects of the aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation air forces north of the city of Binnish this morning, which left martyrs and wounded civilians” (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Civilians on the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Damaged building after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Shaam News Network).
  • Translation: “A video showing the moment when the Russian occupation planes bombed residential houses in the city of Binnish in the Idlib countryside” (via Macro Media Center).
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via Macro Media Center).
  • Translation: “Four civilians were killed and others wounded due to shelling by warplanes on the perimeter of the city of Binnish, north of Idlib” (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • Smoke and fire after alleged Russian airstrikes on the outskirts of Binnish on August 3rd, 2019 (via @SyrianCoalition).
  • It carries serious indications, the news of the official Turkish Anadolu Agency, which saw the ghost of 150 Egyptian soldiers on the fronts of Aleppo and Idlib countryside, and did not see the brutal bombardment by Russian warplanes that hit the town of Binnish in Idlib countryside, which resulted in four martyrs and a number of injuries. : 1- Majid Ibn Jassim Al-Mohammed 2- Majid Ibn Musleh Al-Mohammed 3- Zaid Ibn Musleh al-Muhammad All the martyrs are displaced from the village of #Al-Burj in the eastern countryside of #Idlib

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 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (48) [ collapse]