Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4435

Incident date

January 8, 2022

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.658546, 36.484314 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a woman and her child, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the town of Kansafra on January 8, 2022.

A tweet from @ShahbaPress reported that a child was injured in artillery shelling by the regime forces on the town on Kansafra. However, Macro Media Center identified “civilians, most of them children”, as being injured but did not specify how many were injured.

According to @JustKhalid313, one of the children injured was a 6 year old named Islam  who was “battling for her life” at the time of reporting and Syrian Network for Human Rights provided her full name to be Islam Najib Haj Ali. @Gurbtwatan added that Islam’s mother was also injured in the attack.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with Syrian Civil Defense referring to both the regime and Russian forces carrying out the attack while Baladi News attributed the strikes to “Syrian regime forces and the militias supporting it”  who used Russian-made Krassenbul artillery shells. North Press Agency specifically blamed regime forces stationed in the city of Kafranbel.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Islam Najib Haj Ali 6 years old female injured
  • Mother of Islam female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • One of the children wounded in alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • One of the children, named Islam, wounded in alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by @JustKhalid313)
  • White Helmets treat one of the victims of the alleged Russian strikes on Kansafra on January 8, 2022. (Image posted by @YusufAd76532779)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Kansafra (كنصفرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.658546, 36.484314. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4432

Incident date

January 1, 2022

Location

النهر الأبيض, Al Naher Al Abyad, Jisr Al Shoughour, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

On New Years Day, three to four civilians, three children and a woman, were allegedly killed and ten others, including six children, were allegedly injured, by Russian air strikes just after midnight. The incident was reported to have taken place in the early hours of January 1st 2022 at 2.30am, in the Al-Nahr Al-Abyad area near the city of Jisr Al-Shughour, in the western countryside of Idlib by Russian forces.

Nesrin Na’san al Na’san, aged two, and her mother, Fatimah Hussein al Waisi, aged 28, and Mariam Basel Al Aboud, aged seven, were identifed as killed by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.  Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death of another child, a boy, who succumbed to his injuries later in the day on January 1st 2022 and @mahmoudalbakor1 reported that all of the deceased were from the same family.

The names of those injured, according to @Almohrar1, were: Azzo Naasan, aged three, Mohammed Naasan Naasan, aged eight months, Naasan Ahmed Naasan, aged 26, Abdul Rahman Ammar Al Aboud, Yasser Ammar Al Aboud, Obaid Yasser Al Aboud, Yahya Ammar Al Aboud, Ammar Obaid Al Aboud, and Hala Fawaz Al-Nayef.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that they rescued the six injured and retrieved the three deceased bodies from under the rubble.  One of their volunteers, Alaa Hawash, said “when we got to the placee, there was a stench of blood and corpses and people were screaming and a fire was burning. There was an injured woman standing over the destruction who told me, with tears and blood on her face, my daughter is here… my daughter is here.  We started work immediately and the girl’s face appeared from the rubble, here I remembered my daughter, Alaa Willie, who is her age, when there was an attack on my house two years ago.”

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, the attack was targeted on a house and tents housing displaced people.  Those deceased and injured were reportedly members of three displaced families from the village of Rajm Amirat in Jabal al Hoss in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

The incident occured at 2:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Nesrin Na'san al Na'san 2 years old female killed
  • Fatimah Hussein al Waisi 28 years old female mother of Nesrin killed
  • Azzo Na'San 3 years old male injured
  • Mohammed Na'san Na'san 8 months years old male injured
  • Naasan Ahmed Naasan 26 years old male

Family members (6)

  • Marian Basel Al Aboud 7 years old female killed
  • Abdul Rahan Ammar Al Aboud Age unknown male injured
  • Yasser Ammar Al Aboud Age unknown male injured
  • Obaid Yasser Al Aboud Age unknown male injured
  • Yahya Ammar Al Aboud Age unknown male injured
  • Ammar Obaid Al Aboud Age unknown male injured
  • Hala Fawaz Al-Nayef Age unknown

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (46) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • "3 civilians were killed and several others were wounded, most of them children, as a result of Russian air strikes targeting the White River area in Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib countryside" (@Sy24ria / Twitter)
  • 1 of 5: Syrian Civil Defense said that they retrieved three dead bodies from the Russian airstrike that allegedly killed them and injured 10 others on New Years Day 2022 (Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • 2 of 5: Syrian Civil Defense said that they retrieved three dead bodies from the Russian airstrike that allegedly killed them and injured 10 others on New Years Day 2022 (Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • 3 of 5: Syrian Civil Defense said that they retrieved three dead bodies from the Russian airstrike that allegedly killed them and injured 10 others on New Years Day 2022 (Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • 4 of 5: Syrian Civil Defense said that they retrieved three dead bodies from the Russian airstrike that allegedly killed them and injured 10 others on New Years Day 2022 (Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • 5 of 5: Syrian Civil Defense said that they retrieved three dead bodies from the Russian airstrike that allegedly killed them and injured 10 others on New Years Day 2022 (Syrian Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • A flock of sheep killed by an alleged Russian airstrike on New Years day in Nahr Al Abyad in west of Idlib governorate (Saed al Din Zaidan / Syria Network for Human Rights)
  • Damage to a tent where displaced civilians who work as shepherds were living in Al Nahr Al Abyad (Saed al Din Zaidan / Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • 1 of 3: Syrian Civil Defense work to retrieve the deceased and injured from an alleged Russian airstrike in the Idlib governorate on New Years Day (@itsnotsuhad / Twitter)
  • 2 of 3: Syrian Civil Defense work to retrieve the deceased and injured from an alleged Russian airstrike in the Idlib governorate on New Years Day (@itsnotsuhad / Twitter)
  • 3 of 3: Syrian Civil Defense work to retrieve the deceased and injured from an alleged Russian airstrike in the Idlib governorate on New Years Day (@itsnotsuhad / Twitter)
  • Three to four civilians were allegedly killed by a Russian airstrike on New Years Day in Jisr al-Shughur, Idlib (@mahmoudalbakor1 / Twitter)
  • Marem Basel Al-Aboud was killed allegedly by a Russian airstrike on New Years Day in Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib countryside (Image via @YusufAd76532779 / Twitter)
  • Up to four people were killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on New Years Day in Jisr Al-Shughur in the western countryside of Idlib (Image via @AsharqNewsSYR / Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense recover the dead and injured after an alleged Russian forces airstrike in the Jisr Al-Shughour region of Idlib (Image via @RaedAlSaleh3 / Twitter)
  • The Syrian Civil Defense reported the death of three civilians after an alleged Russian forces airstrike (Image via Zaitounmag)
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    Images of children who were allegedly killed by a Russian forces airstrike on New Years Day 2022 when an air raid hit their home (Image via Khalid / Facebook)
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    Images of children who were allegedly killed by a Russian forces airstrike on New Years Day 2022 when an air raid hit their home (Image via Khalid / Facebook)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (46) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS482

Incident date

December 30, 2021

Location

زركان, Zarkan, Hassakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between two and five civilians, including up to two women and three children, were killed and up to 12 others, including women and children, were injured in alleged Turkish strikes on Zarkan ( Abu Rassein) on December 30, 2021.

According to the Hawar News Agency, three civilians, Jamala Musa Al-Nahar, Jawaher Musa Al-Nahar, and the two-year-old child Allam Ali Al-Issa, were killed and five others were injured in a Turkish bombing of Zarkan. Turkey Now put the number of injured at four.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Jamala and Jawaher were sisters and Allam was the two year old child of Jawaher. North Press Agency identified Jamala as being an employee in the municipality of Al-Asadiya village. All were killed in artillery and missile shelling and in addition to the injury of five civilians, two members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were injured. The shelling allegedly struck a mosque in the town of Zarkan as well.

RT identified the three people killed as being “a man, a woman and a child”, adding that the strikes resulted in “the collapse of part of the Great Mosque in the town, and damage to some houses and public and private properties”. A video posted by RT also shows the moment the strikes hit the mosque.

A Facebook post from “News of the eastern region and the island” (أخبار المنطقة الشرقية والجزيرة) added the names of two others killed as: Muhammad Issa Omar’s child and baby Aladdin Nasser, in addition to the name of a civilian injured: Muhammed Khalaf.

Kurdistan24 gave a similar death toll on the low end of reports, a woman and a child killed, but added that 12 others, including women and children, were injured. Following the strikes, there was a large displacement of citizens fleeing the area on foot or on motorbikes because they feared being targeted if they used cars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Jawaher Musa Al-Nahar female killed
  • Jamala Musa Al-Nahar female killed
  • Allam Ali Al-Issa 2 years old killed
  • Muhammad Issa Omar's child Child killed
  • Baby Aladdin Nasser Child killed
  • Muhammed Khalaf Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–12
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • One of the victims of alleged Turkish strikes on Zarkan December 30, 2021. (Image posted by News of the eastern region and the island)
  • Damage from alleged Turkish strikes on Zarkan December 30, 2021. (Image posted by North Press Agency)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1–3 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–12
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TI075

Incident date

December 27–28, 2021

Location

Bankê, Duhok, Iraq

Geolocation

37.20788, 42.9688 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one woman was injured in alleged Turkish strikes on the village of Bankê between December 27-28th 2021, according to local reports.

Nalia Media Corporation reported that a woman was badly injured in Turkish air strikes near residents’ homes in the village of Bankê. The injured woman was taken to the hospital in Zakho and the residents of the two surrounding villages were left without electricity.

ANF News also identified one injury, a 42-year-old woman, who was wounded when Turkish shells struck her home. ANF added that the shelling also destroyed large areas of cultivated land and gardens and were fired from a Turkish base in southern Kurdistan.

Christian Peacemaker Teams reported that the shelling went on for several hours.

All other sources that reported on the incident also identified one woman as being injured and attributed the strikes to Turkey.

The incident occured after midnight.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Alleged Turkish strikes on Bankê on December 27-28, 2021. (Image posted by Mawazin)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Bankê, for which the generic coordinates are: 37.20788, 42.9688. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4430

Incident date

December 27, 2021

Location

معربليت, Marblet, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.8075, 36.6625 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and up to three others were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Marblet on December 27, 2021.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that one civilian was killed and three others were injured in alleged artillery shelling by the regime and Russia on Marblet and Mantaf without specifying in which village the casualties occurred. El Dorar put the number of civilians injured in Marblet and Mantaf at five.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified the death of one civilian from a rocket attack Marblet, attributing the bombing to the regime and Zaman Al Wasl reported that one “person” was killed and others, including civilians, were wounded, blaming militias linked to Russia as using “Krasnopol” missiles in the attack.

North-Press added that the injured civilians were taken to medical points for treatment.

An image posted by Jihad Al Hr on Facebook shows a child covered in blood being treated for wounds alongside a caption describing the incident in Marblet.

Sources were conflicted as to whether the strikes were carried out by the regime or Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets respond to strikes on the villages of Maarblit and Mantaf on December 27, 2021. (Image posted by @syrianewsag)
  • Shelling of the town of Marblet on December 27, 2021. (Image posted by @syr_television)
  • One of the men injured in strikes on the villages of Maarblit and Mantaf on December 27, 2021. (Image posted by @NewKhalij)
  • White Helmets respond to strikes on the villages of Maarblit and Mantaf on December 27, 2021. (Image posted by @NewKhalij)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Marblet (معربليت), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.8075, 36.6625. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS480

Incident date

December 21, 2021

Location

زركان, Zarkan, Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.675824, 40.437171 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least three civilians, including two women, were killed and up to nine others, including three children, were injured in alleged Turkish artillery or airstrikes on the town of Zarkan and surrounding areas on December 21, 2021.

According to Hawar News, three civilians were killed and four other civilians were injured when Turkish forces bombed the town of Zarkan. Hawar also provided the names of the victims: “Malikat Ahmed Al-Eid, 30, and her elderly mother, Faslat Al-Eid, 60” from the village of Rabi’at, and the citizen Saleh Hamid from the village of Al-Asadiya as well as the injury of 4 civilians, the 50-year-old citizen “Ahmed Mohammed Al-Fars“, and 3 children “Judy Al-Eid, 4 years old, Juri Al-Eid, 11 years old, and Ahmed Al-Eid, 8 years old,” in addition to the injury of 3 members of the Damascus government forces in the town of Zarkan.

Rumaf News also reported that three civilians were killed, including a woman and her child, and the injury of three children, in addition to six other people injured in the Zarkan countryside. Rumaf attributed the casualties to Turkish artillery shelling. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights pointed out that of the “more than six others injured in separate areas in the countryside” some were in serious condition and had been transferred to Qamishli hospitals.

All of the sources that reported on the incident identified Turkish forces as being responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • malikat 'ahmad aleid 30 years old female from the village of Rabi’at killed
  • Faslat Al-Eid 60 years old female from the village of Rabi’at killed
  • Judy Al-Eid 4 years old injured
  • Juri Al-Eid 11 years old injured
  • Ahmed Al-Eid 8 years old injured
  • Saleh Hamid 60 years old from the village of Al-Asadiy killed
  • Ahmed Mohammed Al-Fars 50 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–9
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by Turkish artillery shelling of the villages of the Zarkan countryside on December 21, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage caused by Turkish artillery shelling of the villages of the Zarkan countryside on December 21, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Damage caused by Turkish artillery shelling of the villages of the Zarkan countryside on December 21, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Zarkan (زركان), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.675824, 40.437171. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–9
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4424

Incident date

December 6, 2021

Location

الباره, Al-Bara, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was injured in alleged Russian or regime shelling of the town of Al-Bara on December 6, 2021.

According to Syrian Civil Defense, a civilian was wounded in artillery shelling by the regime and Russian forces on the town of Al-Bara. Watan FM also reported that a civilian was injured.

A tweet from@Click_Syria reports that raids were carried out on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham positions in Al-Bara but do not mention any casualties.

Activist Mustafa Al-Mohammed told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that Russian raids caused material damage to civilian property around the village of Al-Bara.

A Facebook post by Mari Al Boukamal refers to vacuum missiles being used in the attack and attributed the missiles to Russia while @shibl91 mentioned Krasnipol laser bombs. However, @baladinetwork blamed the regime for the strikes.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets inspect the site of shelling on Al-Bara on December 6, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Strikes on the town of Al-Bara on December 6, 2021. (Image posted by Mari Al Boukamal via Facebook)
  • Russian air strikes target the vicinity of the town of Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4423

Incident date

December 2, 2021

Location

سرجة, Sarja, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.5816284, 36.9212293 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least two children were injured in the explosion of a leftover cluster bomb in the town of Sarja on December 2, 2021.

According to @Almohrar1, “two children, Muhammad and Ahmad Hajj Musa, were seriously injured by the explosion of a cluster bomb left over from the bombing of the Russian occupation while they were herding sheep in the town of Sarja”. Zaman Al Wasl mentioned that Muhammad and Ahmad were brothers.

Al Araby News reported that the bombing occurred on a farm, attributing the cluster bomb to both the regime and Russia, and that the two injured children were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Images posted by @SyriaCivilDefe show one of the children being treated by White Helmet volunteers for what appears to be leg injuries.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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    One of the children injured in the explosion of a left over cluster bomb being treated by a White Helmet volunteer on December 2, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
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    One of the children injured in the explosion of a left over cluster bomb being treated by a White Helmet volunteer on December 2, 2021. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
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    One of the children injured in the explosion of a left over cluster bomb being treated by a White Helmet volunteer on December 2, 2021. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Sarja (سرجة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.5816284, 36.9212293. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

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