Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS970

Incident date

July 4, 2016

Location

خان الشيح‬, Khan al Sheikh, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.373059, 36.112682 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A Children’s Protection Centre in Khan al Sheikh camp was reportedly struck and “almost totally destroyed” in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes. Local sources added that the shelling also destroyed houses, killing four civilians and wounding five more.

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian planes launched air raids on farms and on the outskirts of Khan al Sheikh camp in the western countryside”.

According to sources the wounded were in a “critical condition”. Damascus Media Centre mentioned that the majority of the people wounded were women.

Local news networks and residents reported the warplanes to be Russian, with some speculation of the Syrian regime.

The Palestinian Refugee Portal claim that there are 120,000 Palestinian refugees and 4,000 displaced Syrian refugees living in Khan al Sheikh camp.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mahmood Sa’eed Adult male a Palestinian refugee killed
  •  Abu Hussein Yarmook Age unknown male a Palestinian refugee killed
  • Mohammed Umar Sa’eed Age unknown male a Palestinian refugee killed
  • Bassel Youssef Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • 4th July 2016: The extent of the damage caused by Russian and Assad regime airstrikes in Khan al Sheikh camp, Damascus.
  • Inside the children's protection centre at the Khan al Sheikh camp (Tweet via @actgroup_pal)
  • A photo of interior destruction and poster at Khan al Sheikh , Palestinian refugee camp. (Tweet by @55Z_)[Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Significant material destruction caused by suspected Russian or Syrian Regime warplanes (via Refugeesps Facebook)
  • Damage to buildings in the Khan al Sheikh refugee camp (Tweet via @HalabTodayTV)
  • Mahmood Omar Sa’eed - one of the Palestinian refugees killed in alleged Russian raids on the camp in which he was staying (Tweet via Aqsatv)

Unknown Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Unknown

Russia has not reported any strikes between July 1st – 14th 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
    4
  • (4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]