Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS848

Incident date

June 4, 2016

Location

السخنة, As Sukhnah, Homs, Syria

Geolocation

34.8848748, 38.8711739 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Five children from the same family died in an airstrike on As Suknhah, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were responsible.

LCCSY said that “five children were killed and others injured on the outskirts of al Sokhna in the eastern countryside following raids by Russian warplanes using targeted missiles according to local activists.”

According to Aranews, who also blamed Russia, the five children were aged between five and 14 years.

Eldorar reported that Russian raid skilled “five children on the spot” and injured 14 other non-combatants.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the regime, reporting that four civilians including two children died by forces carried out a bombardment on al-Heil oil field. It also published images of the aftermath of the shelling, which it said had been carried out by “warplanes and helicopters”.

However, Egypt Today and Eremnews blamed the regime.

Five victims – all children – were named by SHRC.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Jana Hussein Alfawaz Al-khalifa Al-Hajj Child killed
  • Khatma Huweidi Alsaleh Al-Nayef Al-Hajj Child killed
  • Ru’a Huweidi Alsaleh Al-Nayef Al-Hajj Child killed
  • Nayef Ibn Ghazi Al-Zuweidi Al-Hajj Child killed
  • Hanadi Huweidi Alsaleh Al-Nayef Al-Hajj Child

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (5 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–14
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • "destruction in Al-sukhna due to warplane and helicopters shelling" (via Syriahr news)
  • "destruction in Al-sukhna due to warplane and helicopters shelling" (via Syriahr news)
  • "destruction in Al-sukhna due to warplane and helicopters shelling" (via Syriahr news)
  • The aftermath of a strike on Al Sukhna, June 4th (via syriahr news)
  • One of the five children allegedly killed in strikes on As Suknah (via SHRC)
  • One of the five children allegedly killed in strikes on As Suknah (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 not reported any strikes between June 1st – 31st 2016.

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
    5
  • (5 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–14
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]