Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS623

Incident date

February 16, 2016

Location

جاسم, Jassem, Dara'a, Syria

Geolocation

32.991344, 36.060136 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Three civilians (one man and his two children) died in an airstrike on Jassem, according to local sources – though reports are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

Shaam News Network reported three deaths – “a father and his two children” – and blamed Russia. It also said one person was injured: “the sister of the PM in Assad’s government Wael Al Halki was injured. She lives in the town of Jaseem.”

Al Jazeera also said that Russia was responsible – though some other sources didn’t say who carried out the raids.

Syrianpc News – which blamed Russia – named the three victims.

The VDC also named these victims but said they died in regime shelling. Some sources claim the victims were from Ankhel, Dara’a, while others claimed they were from Jassem, Dara’a.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Faisal Abdulmajid Al-Rahil Adult male Listed by Syrianpc, father killed
  • Abdulmajid Faisal Al-Rahil 3 years old male Listed by Syrianpc, son killed
  • Abdulmalek Faisal Al-Rahil 4 years old male Listed by Syrianpc, son killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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    Abdul Majeed, age 24, killed alongside his two sons in a strike on Jassem, Feb 16th (via Etihad Ahrar Syria)
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    Picture of the father and his sons allegedly killed in the strike. (via Etihad Ahrar, deleted from Facebook)
  • The exact moments the alleged Russian raid hit. (via, Quasion)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

From February 10th – February 16th, Russia reported: “On February 10-16, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 444 combat sorties engaging 1593 terrorists’ objects in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]