Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS714

Incident date

March 7, 2016

Location

أبو الظهور, Abu al Duhur, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.738466, 37.0479584 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between 15 and 23 civilians died and up to 132 were injured in airstrikes on Abu al Duhur, according to local sources – though reports are conflicted as to whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible. There were claims of a ‘double tap’ strike – with aircraft returning to attack rescuers.

In a series of Tweets, AEJKhalil reported that 20 civilians died when Russian warplanes allegedly carried out airstrikes “on a mini gas shop” in Abu al Duhur. Tweets included graphic images of charred bodies.

Videos posted by Khairo Al-Hamwi and Abu Al-Duhur also said Russia was responsible. According to Orient News, 17 civilians died in “three air strikes from warplanes, followed by barrel bombs from helicopters” – suggesting a possible joint Russia-regime action.

However, the Shaam Network reported that regime warplanes carried out several raids: “Activists said warplanes launched three air strikes targeted rocket houses the town center resulted in the ignition large fires and destruction solution, followed by the bombing of apartment buildings with explosive barrel bombs carried out by a helicopter on the same site.” The Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed the regime, putting the death toll at at least 19 including three women.

AlAan TV too blamed the regime and reported: “The number of people killed in these raids has reached 15 dead and more than 132 wounded. We got these figures from the medical staff in the countryside of east Idlib.  [Jet] fighter and two explosive barrels targeted the city center and the fuel station and a fire broke out. There are also unidentified bodies, and the injured and wounded were deformed and couldn’t be identified“.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

  • Mohammad Nawaf al-Jasem Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Mohammad al-Jasem 27 years old male killed
  • Hsain al-Jasem Adult male killed
  • Mohammad al-Sagheer al-Jasem 47 years old male killed
  • Ahmad Mohammad al-Sagheer al-Jasem 27 years old male killed
  • Husam Mohammad al-Sagheer al-Jasem Adult male killed
  • Hsain Mohammad al-Sagheer al-Jasem 15 years old male killed
  • Mahmoud al Ali Age unknown male From Rasm al A’abed, Aleppo killed
  • Faisal al Dannash Age unknown male From Baya’iat al Dannash, Aleppo killed
  • Khaled al Ahmad Age unknown male From Umm Jreen, Aleppo killed
  • Husam Mohammad al-Ali 18 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 23
  • (1 child3 women11 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–132
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Images of air strikes on Abu al-Duhur (via AEJKhalil tweet)
  • The aftermath of the strikes on Abu al-Duhur (via AEJKhalil twitter)
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    GRAPHIC. Victims of the strikes on Abu al-Duhur (AEJKhalil twitter)
  • Al-Aan TV reportedthat the number of people killed in these raids has reached 15 dead and more than 132 wounded. Numbers reportedly attained from the medical staff in the countryside of east Idlib. It was reported that one [Jet] fighter and two explosive barrels targeted the city center and the fuel station and a fire broke out. There are also unidentified bodies.
  • Strikes on Abu al-Duhur, which the news site attributes to the Syrian regime (via All45Syria)
  • Strikes on Abu al-Duhur, which the news site attributes to the Syrian regime (via All4Syria)
  • Image of what according to The Syrian Reporter is a Russian airstrike on Abu al-Duhur (via The Syrian Reporter)

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
    15 – 23
  • (1 child3 women11 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–132
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]