Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS706

Incident date

March 4, 2016

Location

الصوانة, Sawaneh, Homs, Syria

Geolocation

34.76986, 37.55804 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between nine and 11 civilians were killed in airstrikes on Sawaneh according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

Shaam News Network reported: “Russian aviation has committed a massacre after midnight last night against civilians in the town of Sawana, southwestern city of Palmyra, eastern Homs, and claimed the lives of 11 martyrs and almost 50 wounded.”

ARA also put the death toll at 11, adding that “among the dead were two brothers who moved to the city of Palmyra recently, Basil Arif al-Khoja and Obeid Arif al-Khoja.”

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that at least seven died in regime shelling.

Meanwhile, the Violations Documentation Center identified nine victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Basel Aaref al-Khawaja Adult male killed
  • Ubeid Aaref al-Khawaja Adult male killed

Family members (3)

  • Ghassan al-Salame Adult male killed
  • Isa Ghassan al-Salame Adult male killed
  • Wife of Isa Ghassan al-Salame Adult female killed

Family members (2)

  • Maawiya Thiban al-Aayed Adult male killed
  • Wife of Maawiya Thiban al-Aayed Adult female killed
  • Emad Awad al-Faraj Adult male killed
  • Mohammad Abdulla al-Mhawesh Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 11
  • (2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    50
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

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 for March 1st to March 30th.

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
    9 – 11
  • (2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    50
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]