Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS707

Incident date

March 4, 2016

Location

الشيفونية, Al Shifoniyah, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5582404, 36.4335823 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two civilians died and several others were wounded in raids on Al Shifoniyah, according to local reports – though it is currently unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime was responsible.

Shaam News Network reported that “After six days of calm the regime and Russia have returned to Douma to disturb the lives of civilians, after warplanes launched three violent raids on the outskirts of the city.”

Syrian PC reported that one non-combatant died and several more were wounded in raids by warplanes, though did not say who they belonged to. It went on to say that “activists reported one martyr and several wounded when warplanes targeted Al Shifoniya with two strikes“, but did not clarify who the warplanes belonged to.

According to the White Helmets, “warplanes carried out two strikes on al Shifoniya…at the same time as a violent artillery shelling and the filght [sic] of surveillance planes in the skies of eastern ghouta.”

The Violations Documentation Center also named these two victims but said that they were killed in regime shelling. Baladi News also blamed the regime, saying one person was killed and others wounded in the bombardment.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Zuhair Ali al-Masir Adult male killed
  • Mustapha Mohammad Himmo Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Victim of the strikes targeting Al-Shifoniyah (via Baladi News)
  • Victim of the strikes targeting Al-Shifoniyah (via Damascus White Helmets)
  • Aftermath of the air raids in the town of Shifoniya (via Syrian Press Centre)

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
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]