Between three and nine civilians including up to three children were killed in airstrikes on Al Atarib, 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 that Russia warplanes targeted civilian homes “in the vicinity of the city of Atareb’s bakery causing the fall of three martyrs and more than ten injured in an initial count.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that Russia was responsible and that raids “killed 4 civilians including a child and wounded others.”
An Al Jazeera correspondent, Amir Al A’bbad, said that “the Russian raids targeted the wood mill and a car wash.” He added that the dead included three brothers. A subsequent report by Al Jazeera put the death toll as high as nine, including three children and two women. Most other sources, including Orient, Syria Nabd and Al Buraq also said that Russia was responsible.
However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime. It also put the death toll at four, with dozens more injured – though their report is dated February 23rd, so there’s the possibility that this could be a separate incident.
The White Helmets also reported on the attack, but did not say who the “warplanes” belonged to.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (5)
- Waheed Waleed Jaloul Adult male killed
- Ameen Waleed Jaloul Adult male killed
- Omar Waleed Jaloul Adult male killed
- Saeid Waleed Jaloul Adult male killed
- Walid Sadek Jalloul Adult male named by Damascus Centre for Human Rights killed
- Abdo Saleh Hajer Child male killed
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.