Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS935

Incident date

June 25, 2016

Location

القورية, Al Qouria, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

City

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
  • 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

  • Civilians 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 Armed Forces

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 Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians 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 Armed Forces

Sources (39) [ collapse]