Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4526

Incident date

October 21, 2020

Location

الرامي, Al Rami, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was reported killed and between three and six civilians, including up to three children, a woman and a man, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the village of Al Rami in the southern Idlib countryside on October 21, 2020.

Regarding civilian harm, a correspondent of Resala post reported that a woman and her two children were wounded in Russian raids on the vicinity of Al Rami town. Asharq News and other sources identified the wounded as the child Saher Ahmed Al-Jaber (10 years), the girl Fatoum Ahmed Al-Jaber (two years old), and Khadija Hassan Zeno (46 years). Ugarit Idlib said that the family was displaced from the town of Al-Bara.

Enab Baladi wrote that according to Subhi Ibrahim, the director of the Shanan center affiliated with the Syrian Civil Defense, three children, a woman and a man were injured when Russian airplanes carried out two raids on the village of Al Rami. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and @mahmoudalbakor1, a local journalist and writer, reported that six civilians, including two children and a woman, were injured in the attack and rushed to the hospital to receive treatment.

@Zitan_media, @syriapostnew1 and Euphrates stated that the strikes on Al Rami also resulted in the death of a child aside from a number of wounded civilians.

In addition to civilian harm, the Syrian Network for Human rights said that the Russian aerial attacks on Al Rami destroyed several houses. Moreover, SNHR noted that “[Al Rami] village is one of the areas included in a ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020. Despite this agreement, the Syrian regime forces and their allies have not stopped attacks on the area, resulting in further displacement amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

All sources attributed the attack to the Russian Armed Forces. Multiple sources stated the Russian warplanes carried out several raids, with @firas_alkhalifa mentioning two and @khaledu190 mentioning three raids. Asharq News and Step News Agency claimed that Russia attacked Al Rami with vacuum missiles, and EMC mentioned the use of high-explosive missiles in its reporting. Syrian opposition’s aviation observatory said that the fighter planes took off from the “Hmeimim” base.

According to Step, “the Russian air strikes coincided with the entry of the Turkish army columns retreating from Morek to the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya, amid intensive Russian reconnaissance flights over the airspace of the region since the start of the deportations in order to monitor the locations of the new Turkish forces.”

The local time of the incident is unknown. However, urgent tweets on the attack were posted as early as 12:14 PM.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Saher Ahmed Al-Jaber 10 years old male injured
  • Fattoum Ahmed Al-Jaber 2 years old female injured
  • Khadija Hassan Zeno 46 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
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  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: “Several civilians were wounded as a result of air strikes by Russian warplanes in the vicinity of the town of Al-Rami, south of Idlib” (via @IdlibPlus).
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    A child injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami, Idlib governorate, on October 21st, 2020 (via Macro Media Center).
  • Translation: "The moment of implementation of the Russian warplanes on the village of Rami in the southern countryside of Idlib" (via Euphrates Post).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers at the site after alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Rami, October 21st, 2020 (via SNHR).
  • Translation: “Five civilians, including three children and a woman, were wounded by Russian air strikes today, Wednesday, October 21, in Al Rami village in the southern countryside of Idlib. Any new military escalation of the regime and its Russian ally will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in northern Syria and an unprecedented wave of displacement at a time when the Coronavirus is spreading in the camps for the displaced and has become a threat to them” (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers helping the wounded after alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami, Idlib governorate, on October 21st, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami, Idlib governorate, on October 21st, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer in the aftermath of alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Rami, Idlib governorate, on October 21st, 2020 (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Photos of victims from an alleged Russian airstrike in the town of Al-Rami on October 21st 2020 (Image via Vecdi Savli / Facebook)
  • Civilians were reported wounded as a result of Russian bombing in Idlib countryside (Image via AsharqNewsSYR / Facebook)
  • Fattoum Ahmed Al-Jaber was injured allegedly by a Russian airstrike on October 21st 2020 (Image via Ugarit Idlib / Facebook)
  • Civilians were reported wounded as a result of Russian bombing in Idlib countryside (Image via @mahmoudalbakor1 / Twitter)
  • "5 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were injured in Russian air strikes that targeted today, Wednesday, the village of Al-Rami in the southern countryside of Idlib" (Image via @ala_hacioglu / Twitter)
  • "5 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were injured in Russian air strikes that targeted today, Wednesday, the village of Al-Rami in the southern countryside of Idlib" (Image via @ala_hacioglu / Twitter)
  • "5 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were injured in Russian air strikes that targeted today, Wednesday, the village of Al-Rami in the southern countryside of Idlib" (Image via @ala_hacioglu / Twitter)
  • "Raids by Russian warplanes target the village of Al-Rami, south of Idlib" (Image via @hadikhraat / Twitter)
  • "Raids by Russian warplanes target the village of Al-Rami, south of Idlib" (Image via @hadikhraat / Twitter)
  • "Raids by Russian warplanes target the village of Al-Rami, south of Idlib" (Image via @hadikhraat / Twitter)
  • "Raids by Russian warplanes target the village of Al-Rami, south of Idlib" (Image via @hadikhraat / Twitter)

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]