Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS935

Incident date

June 25, 2016

Location

القورية, Al Qouria, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.96, 40.55 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In a major casualty incident, up to 80 civilians including 29 children and 21 women died and up to 100 more were wounded in airstrikes on al Qouria town, according to local media. Reports said that entire families were wiped out, and Airwars has listed the names of 74 victims. It is currently unclear who was responsible for the event, which sources blaming both Russia and the Assad regime.

The highest death toll was given by Al Araby, who put the number killed at “more than 80 people”. The Shaam News Network also said the number killed had risen to 80 (including 25 children), reporting “mass burials that break the heart.”

The Syrian News Network quoted UNICEF and said  “that there were reports of the deaths of 25 children in crowded areas in the town of Al-Quriyah in Deir ez-Zor air strikes”.

According to The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) there were “several raids with cluster bombs, killing 72 people, including 25 children, and injuring dozens of others”.

Similarly, a tweet from @salqin reported  “more than 70 victims, mostly women and children”.

Sources said that the airstrikes targeted civilian residential areas and reportedly one mosque.

A correspondent for the Deir ez-Zor is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “entire families were decimated by the air raids that targeted Al Iman Mosque and the surrounding area in the city center”.  Deirezzor24 News also said that the raids were “targeting civilian and densely populated areas”

Syria4all also mentioned the bombing of the mosque, quoting media activist Amer Huwaydi, who Syria4all that “Russian aircraft launched several air raids on the city targeting the al-Iman mosque in the town which was under control of Daesh.”

It is contested who was responsible for the airstrikes, with sources pointing to both Russia and the Assad regime.

However, the majority of the sources – such as Syrian News Network, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian Press Center, Jsirtv News and al-Arabiya – attributed the strikes to Russia, while only a few sources including Baladi News and Syrian Network for Human Rights, pointed to the Assad regime.

A number of sources referenced the unlawful use of cluster munitions and phosphorous bombs.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (16)

Hosam Othman Al Sultan
Child killed
Islam Othman Al Sultan
Child female killed
Udai Mothanna Al Sultan
Child killed
Yousef Muthanna Al Sultan
Child male killed
Feryal Mothanna Al Sultan
Child female killed
Faten Mothanna Al Sultan
Child female killed
Janin Mothanna Al Sultan
7 months years old female killed
Jehan Mohammad Al Sultan
Child female killed
Hamid Yousef Al Sultan
Child killed
Athari Yousef Al Sultan
Child female killed
Bader Hamid Al Sultan
Child female killed
Amal Hasan Al Shrabi, wife of Othman Al Sultan
Adult female killed
Najat Assaf Al Shuwyikh, wife of Muthanna Al Sultan
Adult female killed
Faten Yousef Al Sultan
Adult female killed
Muslim Hamdan Al Sultan
Adult male killed
Hamid Al Sultan
Adult male killed

Family members (10)

Hazzar Mohammad Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child killed
Hamid Mohammad Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child killed
Amina Jasem Al Mhemid, wife of Hamid Ahmad Al Rmeih
Adult female killed
Nadya Mohammad Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child female killed
Janin Hamid Ahmad Al Rmeih
9 months years old female killed
Faisal Saleh Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child killed
Amjad Saleh Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child female killed
Mohammad Saleh Ahmad Al Rmeih
Child male killed
Yahya Al Ali Al Eid Al Rmeih
Child killed
Fatima Al Hussein Al Rmeih
Adult female killed

Family members (2)

Joud Ibrahim Akla Al Karkour
Child female killed
Hamza Ibrahim Akla Al Karkour
Child killed

Family members (2)

Adham Abdul Athim Aboud Al Joumaa
Child killed
Ayham Abdul Athim Aboud Al Joumaa
Child killed

Family members (3)

Walid Khaled Jamil Al Khleif Al Hamid
Child killed
Mohammad Khaled Jamil Khleif Al Hamid
Child male killed
Mohammad Al Jamil Al Khleif Al Hamid
Child male killed

Family members (8)

Mohammad Mahmoud Sayer Al Bibini
Child male killed
Nawal Mohammad Abdul Karim Al Bibini
Child male
Mariam Yousef Al Ali Al Bibini
Adult female killed
Ohoud Naser Al Hasan Al Bibini, wife of Mohammad Hamid Al Sultan
Adult female killed
Faisal Assad Srai Al Bibini
Adult male killed
Amjad Thaer Al Sayer Al Bibini
Adult male killed
Sultan Hamid Ibeid Al Bibini
Adult male killed
Mohammad AbdulAhad Al Khalaf Al Bibini
Adult male killed

Family members (8)

Amina Al Salama Al Khleif, wife of Ibrahim Al Karkour
Adult female killed
Fatima Al Salama Al Khleif
Adult female killed
Joud Moammad Salama Al Khleif
Adult female killed
Heba Wahhab Al Khleif
Adult female killed
Ilham Wahhab Al Khleif
Adult female killed
Yazan Mohammad Salama Al Khleif
Adult male killed
Suliman Wahhab Al Khleif
Adult male killed
Asmaa Saleh Al Hatroush, wife of Khaled Al Jamil Al Khleif
Adult female killed

Family members (5)

Bara’a Jamil Khalaf Al Hamid
Adult female killed
Bara’a Jamil Khalaf Al Hamid
Adult female killed
Khadija Jamil Khleif Al Hamid
Adult female killed
Amina Abdul Karim Al Housh, wife of Amer Al Naji
Adult female killed
Zahra Al Khleif Al Abid Al Awwad, wife of Ali Al Hamed
Adult female killed

Family members (5)

Wahab al Hamid
Adult male killed
Family of Wahab al Hamid
Age unknown killed
Family of Wahab al Hamid
Age unknown killed
Family of Wahab al Hamid
Age unknown killed
Family of Wahab al Hamid
Age unknown killed

Family members (3)

Abdullah Mahmoud Al Abbash
Adult male killed
Mother of Abdullah Mahmoud Al Abbash
Adult female killed
Son of Abdullah Mahmoud Al Abbash
Age unknown male killed

Family members (4)

Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Rajab
Adult male killed
Family of Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Rajab
Age unknown killed
Family of Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Rajab
Age unknown killed
Family of Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Rajab
Age unknown killed

The victims were named as:

Mahmoud Zakariya Al Turki Al Haj
Child male killed
Rayyan Abdullah Mahmoud Al Abbash
Child killed
Matra Hamdan Al Abd Al Ali
Age unknown female killed
Amouna Hamid Al J’eis
Adult female killed
Sabah Al Bahsh
Adult female killed
Ahmad Jamil Khleif Al Hamid
Adult male killed
Abdurrahman Al Ali Al Hamed
Adult male killed
Yousef Al Hussein Al Mohammad Al Ali
Adult male killed
Mohammad Saloum Al Abd Al Wahed
Adult male killed
The son of Muhammad Al Wardi al Younis
Age unknown male killed
Mohamed Mahmoud Al-Sayer Albeyena
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    74 – 80
  • (29 children21 women12 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The moment warplanes carried out a strike on al Qouria town, June 25th (via SO4HR)
  • Sultan Hamid Obeid, reportedly one of up to 29 children killed in alleged Russian airstrike on Al Quoira, June 25th (via LCCSY)
  • Nawal Muhammad Abdulkarim, killed in an alleged Russia strike on Al Quoria, June 25th (via LCCSY)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    74 – 80
  • (29 children21 women12 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–100
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (39) [ collapse]