Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS662

Incident date

February 24, 2016

Location

حرنبوش, Haranbush, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.07548, 36.63686 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians including a mother and her one or two children died in airstrikes on Haranbush, according to local sources – though reports are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

Among the sources alleging that this was a Russian strike were Chamtime, Syrian Revolution and Al Jazeera.

However, many sources – including LCCSY and Alamawi –also alleged that the regime was responsiblethough Shaam News Network initially reported “warplanes believed to be belonging to the Russian enemy” killed three civilians when their homes were targeted with vacuum missiles. They added that “a large number” were also wounded. In a later report, it appeared to change position and attribute the incident to the regime.

Reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed regime shelling, which it  said claimed the lives of a woman and her child.

The Syrian Human Rights Center reported the death of “the family of Al-Majid hospital director, Doctor Maher Keda…consisting of his wife and only son, in addition to the two women relatives, through air strikes on the town.” It did not say who was responsible.

SAMS tweeted: “We extend our deepest condolences to doctor Maher Kida, director of Women and Children hospital in Harbnosh, whose wife and child were martyred due to the bombardment of the town.”

Idlib Media said that a strike was carried out by a “Su 24 fighter”, killing a woman and a child and injuring seven more.Syrian Mirror reported that a woman and her two children died in a Russian raid. According to Gulfeyes and Akhbar Alaan, the strikes were carried out by both Russia and the regime.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Wife of Maher Kida Adult female named by the Syrian Human Rights Centre killed
  • Son of Maher Kida Child male named by the Syrian Human Rights Centre killed
  • Yahia Keda 0 years old female killed
  • Ahmad Saleh Majajo Adult male died due to his wounds killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • 'The baby Yahia Keda, age 4 months died with his mother in regime warplanes missiles fired on Harbanoush village in Idlib governorate, February 24th 2016.' (via SN4HR)
  • Ahmad Saleh Majajo, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime airstrike. (via, SN4HR)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]