Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS987

Incident date

July 10, 2016

Location

برج قاية, Burj Qai', Homs, Syria

Geolocation

34.883537, 36.576233 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Nine named civilians including six children died and up to 11 more were injured in an airstrike on Burj Qai, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Syrian regime. 

The Syrian Human Rights Committee, Homs Media Centre, LCCSY and other local news centres in Homs accused Russia of the shelling.

Despite this, Halab Today, Shahba Press and several other local news sources pointed to the regime.

According to Halab Today, “regime warplane shelling in Burj Qai’ killed eight civilians and wounded 10. Most of them are in a critical condition.” Cluster bombs reportedly accompanied the airstrike which struck the Civil Defence and wounded three first aiders.

Ara News reported that the eight killed were from the same family. Furthermore, a local resident said that the family were displaced from Sneysel village.

Photographic and video evidence from the airstrike indicates that many victims were indeed children.

Local Homs Media Centre reported that seven civilians were wounded, however, the Syrian Human Rights Committee placed the numbers slightly higher at 11.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Amir Talal Hojak Child killed
  • Dua’a Radwan Hojak Child killed
  • Mohammed Youssef Hojak Adult male killed
  • Mohammed Youssef Hojak Child male killed
  • Meriam Abdul-Bari Hojak Adult female killed
  • Aisha Hojak Age unknown female Died following injuries sustained in the attack killed

Family members (1)

  • Mohammed Ahmed Mirish Child male killed
  • Meriam Ahamad Mirish Child killed
  • Hajar Ahamd Mirish Child killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9
  • (6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–11
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
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    10th July 2016: A child under the rubble following shelling in Burj Qai'. (via Homs Media Centre).
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    A graphic video of civilian children removed from the rubble in Burj Qai (Youtube by Homs Media Center)
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    Distressing footage of child victims under the rubble in Burj Qai (Youtube by Homs Media Center)
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    Further footage of dead children in Burj Qai, the result of alleged Russian warplane shelling (Youtube by Homs Media Center)
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    Local people attempt to rescue an elderly man from the rubble (Youtube by Homs Media Center)
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    A civilian carried away from the scene on a stretcher - the result of alleged Russian shelling (via Homs Media Center)
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    A child wrapped in blankets, victim of suspected Russian attacks on Burj Qai (via Homs Media Center)
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    A small child killed in suspected Russian attacks (via Homs Media Center)
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    Local search through the rubble for victims in Burj Qai (via Homs Media Center)
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    A wounded civilian carried away from the destruction in Burj Qai (via Ara)
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    Child and adult civilians arrive at a clinic to be treated for wounds sustained following alleged Russian attacks on Burj Qai (Youtube by Step News)
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    A child appears severly wounded or killed, the victim of alleged Russian raids on Burj Qai (Youtube by Step News)
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    A Halab Today news report following the civil defense mission in Burj Qai - including reports of injured White Helmet members (Youtube by Halab Today TV)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

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
    9
  • (6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–11
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]