Between six and 11 civilians, including up to four children, an elderly woman and a pregnant woman, were killed and up to 77 others, including a woman and five children, were injured by alleged Russian, Syrian regime, or Iranian militia missile attacks with cluster bombs against Maram refugee camp and other refugee camps closeby on November 6, 2022.
A tweet from @MaramFoundation reported that missile bombardments, including cluster bombs, led to the death of six civilians and the injury of 40 more in Maram refugee camp, which houses 900 families. The @MaramFoundation also tweeted that more than 100 tents were partially destroyed and more than 3000 people were displaced from the camp.
@SyriaCivilDefe put the number of deaths at nine, including three children and a woman, and the number of injuries at 75 and added that the attack carried out by the regime and Russia included internationally prohibited cluster bombs, followed by Russian airstrikes that hit farms and forests in the area.
Nine days after the attack, on November 15th, Shaam News reported that a woman who was injured from the bombing died of her wounds, joining her unborn fetus and her child who were also killed. The woman that died was from the town of Khal al-Sabil and with her death, the death toll rose above 10 civilians killed.
The Civil Defense also reported that the child “Azzam” of one of their volunteers named “Hassan Bakir” was killed in the bombing. Saoud Sayah posted on Facebook the full name of the child as Azzam Hussein Jamil Bakir, adding that another child named Amina Anas Muhammad Ali Al-Saraqi also died and that both were from Khan al-Subul.
A tweet from @Hamoudi_Free_Sy identified Amer Al-Ali from the town of Heish as one of the people killed, adding that he had ben deported by the Turkish government two months ago. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that Amer had been forced to sign papers proving his “voluntary return”, which is something that Turkish immigration services have forced Syrian refugees holding “temporary protection” to sign before they return to Syria.
Amir Bakri posted on Facebook the names of injured civilians: Khaled Al-Shamali, Khaled Al-Shamali’s wife, Khaledia Al-Shamali 6 years old, Muhammad Al-Shamali 9 years old, (And the martyr Shahd Khaled Al-Shamali). The post added that a baby girl was also in critical condition without providing other details.
A Facebook post from Rdwan Al Shhawan gave the names of 16 civilians that were injured and killed: Shahd Al Shamali – 13 years old – dead, Mohammed Al Hussein – 45 years old – injured, Roukaya Al Ibrahim – 13 years old – injured, Khaledia Al Shamali – 10 years old – injured, Ibrahim Al Kurdia – 25 years old – injured, Abo Noh (Salet Al Zohour) – 24 years old – injured, Samer Al Shughri – 25 years old – injured, Azzam Bakir – 8 months old – dead, Ali Al Ahmad – 55 years old – injured, Zahraa Bakir – 30 years old – injured, Asmaa Bakir – 40 years old – injured, Haja Al Thaher – 60 years old – injured, Ahmed Inad Al Ibrahim – injured, Unknown – 50 years old – dead, Farah Al Shamali – 4 years old – injured, Kawthar Bakir – 5 years old – injured.
@It5rMYaOg5UnyFi tweeted that one of the people killed was a father of 10 children.
@alkhabour21 reported that seven civilians, including children, were killed and 70 others were injured by shelling carried out by the regime and Russian forces. Euphrates Post reported similar casualty numbers, specifying that among the seven civilians killed were two children and a woman while Middle East Eye reported that at least 10 civilians were killed and more than 77 were wounded, and among the wound were 12 very serious cases.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights specified where the casualties occurred, reporting that “in Maram IDP Camp the bombardment killed five civilians, including four children, while one civilian was killed in the bombing on Wadi Khaled Kamp, and one elderly lady, aged 60, was killed in Mahtat Meyah Kafr Ruhin Camp”. The totals seven civilians, including four children and an elderly woman, were killed.
A tweet from @SAMS_Arabic provided details that Idlib Central Hospital received 16 injuries from the bombing, among them two children and a man died of their injuries and three of the injured were in the intensive care unit. Step Agency reported that the hospitals in the city of Idlib issued distress calls for people to donate blood due to the shortage and the large number of wounded.
The Syrian Civil Defense specified that the bombing was carried out on camps for forcibly displaced persons near the villages of Kafr Jales and Morin and the Wadi Hajj Khaled area, and that surface-to-surface missiles (220mm 9M27-K Uragan) loaded with internationally prohibited cluster bombs. (9N210 and 9N235) were part of the attack. The Civil Defense also accused the Russians of planning the attack in advance due to a statement from the deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria Oleg Egorov who accused the White Helmets of preparing an attack at the camp that was bombed.
The correspondent for SY-24 focused on “the camps of the displaced in the area, including “Maram” camp and “Wadi Khaled” camp near the town of “Kafr Jales” and that about 30 missiles had hit the area since the early morning. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights listed Maram, Watan, Wadi Haj Khaled, Kafr Rouhain water station camp, Maureen village camp and Ba’iba’ah camp as all being affected by the attach, which they identified as involving sockets loaded with hundreds of cluster bombs.
Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with @edlebhealth blaming the Syrian regime while Middle East Eye reported that the incident was a joint attack between Russian and regime forces. Anadolu Agency attributed the incident to the Syrian regime forces and their allied Iranian militias. Al Araby’s corresponded specified that the missiles likely originated from the Neirab military airport, near the city of Aleppo.
The incident occured in the morning.