Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS856

Incident date

June 5, 2016

Location

إدلب, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.93062, 36.63393 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between five and 50 non-combatants including two women died and up to 150 more were injured in multiple airstrikes on different targets in the city of Idlib, according to local media – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Syrian regime.

LCCSY attributed the incident to Russia, with dozens of civilians killed and wounded. It listed the struck areas as: “Shamaat roundabout, Shuaib Mosque, Amn Dawla roundabout, Yehia Dahnin school, vegetables marketplace, Mujamaa region, and Carlton Hotel.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights did not initially identify the “warplanes” responsible, but said that nine civilians including two women died in “about 10 strikes targeting the Shoaib mosque area and several other areas in the city of Idlib”. It added that the death toll was expected to rise because some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

However, a subsequent SO4HR video report said that the warplanes were “believed to be Russian”.

A later report said that there had been “some 10 strikes targeting Shoaib mosque” alone.

The Shaam News Network referred only to “warplanes” carrying out “tens of strikes with cluster bombs“, putting the death toll at at least five with many more wounded.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the regime was to blame – killing three civilians when warplanes fired on a “grocery and carpet market.

The Syrian network for Human Rights blamed the “regime and its allies”, adding that one of the targets was “Yahya Dehneen school”, with the strike partially destroys the fence”.

Syria Direct put the death toll as high as 50, with 150 others injured, though it didn’t identify the warplanes responsible. It reported that “the raids targeted civilian sites, including residential buildings and a mosque and a football stadium, in addition to the two main hospitals.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 50
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–150
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • A burnt out car on the streets of Idlib following alleged Russian airstrikes (via Orient News)
  • Destruction after alleged Russian strikes in Idlib (via Orient News)
  • Destruction after alleged Russian strikes in Idlib (via Orient News)
  • A fire blazes in the city of Idlib following an alleged Russian raid, June 5th (via LCCSY)
  • A fire blazes in the city of Idlib following an alleged Russian raid, June 5th (via LCCSY)
  • A fire blazes in the city of Idlib following an alleged Russian raid, June 5th (via LCCSY)
  • "12 raids by Russian and regime warplane on Idlib and tens of martyrs and wounded in conjunction with heavy raids in Aleppo" (Tweet by @News4Syria)
  • "Regime and its allies warplanes shelling on Yahya Dehneen school which partially destroys the fence on the 5th of June" (Tweet by @SN4HR)
  • "Video shows the destruction of Idlib in Russian warplanes. Wounded and the reporter confirm there are no militant in Idlib and they are all civilians" (Tweet by @RevolutionSyria)
  • "tens were killed and dozens wounded in shelling with cluster bombs in Idlib" (Tweet by @akhbar)
  • "7 civilians were killed in Russian raids in Idlib north of Syria" (Tweet by @aa_arabic)
  • "tens of victims in Russian aerial shelling on Idlib, Syria" (Tweet by @SMARTNewsAgency)
  • "A video by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ‪#‎SOHR‬ shows the destruction caused by bombing by warplanes believed to be Russian, which targeted areas in ‪#‎Idlib‬ city" (via SOHR Facebook)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Unknown

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 – 50
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–150
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]