Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS677

Incident date

February 26, 2016

Location

دير العصافير, Deir Al Assafir, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.465316, 36.418111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between five and seven civilians – including medics – died in an alleged Russian airstrike on a hospital in Deir Al Assafir, according to local sources.

Abu Ksem Deir Al Assafir published a video which reportedly showed the aftermath of a strike on a “medical hospital in Deir Al Assafir”.

According to Syrian Human Rights Committee, “Warplanes and helicopters targeted the civil defense quarter, a mosque and a hospital in Deir Al Assafir which resulted in injuries to a member of civil defense and two doctors working in the hospital.” Doomanypress said: “Five medical workers were wounded due to two missiles fired by helicopters in the medical point in Deir Al Assafir” – but didn’t identify the culprit.

Syrian Mirror blamed Russia for carrying out more than 40 raids in Eastern Ghouta, reporting that a strike on a hospital in Deir Al Assafir killed seven non-combatants.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of a targeted attack on a medical facility in Deir Al Assafir. (via, Abu Ksem Deir Al Assafir)
  • Members of the White Helmets clearing up in the aftermath of the alleged Russian raid. (via, SHRC)
  • An injured man is treated for his wounds. (via, SHRC)

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.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]