Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS474

Incident date

September 17, 2021

Location

قرية الدبس, Al Dabas village, Raqqa, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least four civilians, including a child, were killed and up to three others were injured in alleged Turkish strikes on the village of Al Dabas on September 17, 2021.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), four people, including a child, were killed by Turkish missile shells while digging tunnels for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Al Dabas. SOHR had originally reported that two people were killed and three people were injured but later updated their death toll.

In June this year, Al Monitor reported that trenches and tunnels for the Syrian Democratic Forces are dug by “civilians who receive a daily wage of $3 to $5 without medical insurance”.

North Press Agency reported that four civilians were killed in the strikes and according to a medical source, “Turkish forces’ drones targeted a car carrying four civilians heading towards the town of Ain Issa. The source added that the four civilians lost their lives immediately.”

Sputnik News also identified four civilians as being killed in intense Turkish bombardment and provided their names: Malik Al-Muharib Al-Hamid, 25 years old, Idan Hamad Al-Amiri, 40 years old, Hamad Al-Khunais Al-Jarbou’, 20 years old, and Khamis Al-Busaili, 17 years old.

Zaman Al Wasl provided information from the “Hawar” agency, a spokesman for the Democratic Union Party, that in addition to the four people that were killed, three others were injured.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Turkey.

The incident occured around dawn.

  • Malik Al-Muharib Al-Hamid 25 years old killed
  • Idan Hamad Al-Amiri 40 years old killed
  • Hamad Al-Khunais Al-Jarbou’ 20 years old killed
  • Khamis Al-Busaili 17 years old killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

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
    4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4387

Incident date

September 8, 2021

Location

مرعيان, Marayan, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one woman was killed and one to five others, including a child, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on a home and medical facility in Marayan on September 8, 2021.

According to @HadiAlabdallah, Russian airstrikes hit Marian Medical Center, the last medical center in Jabal Al-Zawiya, and killed one woman and seriously wounded a child. @thawrat111 reported that the child had to have his hand amputated due to the severity of the injury.

@Gurbtwatan provided the name of the woman that was killed: Fatima Khatib.

Syrian Civil Defense added that the woman killed was the mother of the child that was injured and that the damage to the clinic was so extensive that the clinic was no longer able to serve patients.

@YusufAd76532779 reported that both the woman and her child were killed, and others were wounded in the strikes.

@BassamJaara identified Fatima as being the wife of the director of the medical center and a post by Mar`aian added that she was the “daughter of the martyr Khaled Al-Dadoush.”

The “Syrian Media Association” said in a statement: “With great sadness and sorrow, we received, today, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the news of the death of the mother of our colleague “Qasim Khatib”, a member of the association, in artillery shelling by the Russian forces that targeted their house and a medical point in Marian village

Activist Mustafa Al-Mohammed told Alaraby News that the Russian warplanes bombed separate areas in Jabal Al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib, targeting a medical point and civilian homes in Marayan district, killing a woman and wounding five others with varying degrees.

Marian Medical Center, which was destroyed in the strike, served over 50,000 civilians living in Jabal al-Zawiya and was the only medical clinic in this area, providing medical care to around 150 patients a day.

The Syria Response Coordinators Team published a picture of the targeted medical point and commented on it: “This is what remains of the only medical point in the town of Marayan, which provides the simplest services to the residents of the villages and towns of Jabal Al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib.”

Sources were conflicted as to whether the regime or Russia or both forces were responsible for the strikes. Additionally, a few sources, including Anadolu Agency, mentioned that militias tied to Iran were also involved. Many of sources identified Krasnopol laser guided shells as being used in the attack and Zaman Al Wasl reported that more than 10 shells were used.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (54) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (31) [ collapse]

  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @sebusher)
  • Airstrikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @sebusher)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • While Helmets work to rescue victims following airstrikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
    While Helmets work to rescue victims following airstrikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    A child had to have his hand amputated following airstrikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @thawrat111)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @_AlRasid1_)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @HamoMjd)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @HamoMjd)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @HamoMjd)
  • Extensive damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by @syria55s)
  • Interior damage to Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Alaraby News)
  • Fires caused by strikes on Marian Medical Center from airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
  • Airstrikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Ugarit Post)
  • Sign for Marian Medical Center, destroyed in airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • The martyrdom of Mrs. "Fatima Khatib" as a result of artillery shelling by the Russian occupation forces on the medical point in the village of Mara'an, south of Idlib..
  • The medical point in the village of Mara’an in Jabal Al-Zawiya went out of service today, Wednesday, September 8, after being targeted by artillery shelling by the regime forces and Russia, and on this day 3 years ago, regime helicopters targeted and destroyed a hospital in the town of Hass with barrel bombs. A systematic policy of targeting life forms for more than 10 years without any accountability or accountability for these crimes.
  • Sign for Marian Medical Center, destroyed in airstrikes on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Sorting through the rubble following strikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Sorting through the rubble following strikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Sorting through the rubble following strikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Sorting through the rubble following strikes on Marian Medical Center on September 8, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • White Helmets work to put out fires caused by airstrikes on Marian on September 8, 2021. 9Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets work to put out fires caused by airstrikes on Marian on September 8, 2021. 9Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

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

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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 – 2
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–5
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (54) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TI068

Incident date

September 2, 2021

Location

قرية سيدان, Sidan village, Dohuk, Iraq

Airwars assessment

Between two and three civilians were injured in alleged Turkish strikes on Sidan village on September 2, 2021.

Amedi Mayor Warshin Salman told BasNews that two civilians were wounded in Turkish fighter jets and ground artillery bombardment of Sidan village. At the time of reporting, both of the wounded civilians were in a stable health condition.

A security source told Mawazine News that the Turkish bombing resulted in the injury of three civilians.

Alyaum TV reported that two civilians, Haji Abdullah, aged fifty-five, and Saber Omar, forty-five, were wounded in the strikes. Xeber24 added that both Haji and Saber were injured on their farms and were transferred to the city’s hospital for treatment.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Turkey.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (6) [ collapse]

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
    2–3
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS115

Incident date

August 30, 2021

Location

عفرين, Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between five and eight civilians, including four to five children, were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021.

Syrian Civil Defense reported that seven civilians, including four children, were injured in missile shelling carried out by the alleged Syrian Democratic Forces. The “Zaman Al-Wasl” correspondent also put the toll at seven injuries, including four children, and added that eight rockets fell on Afrin.

However, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights provided information that five civilians, including children, were injured in the strikes and a tweet from @jamlyyyyy_ identified six injuries “of varying degrees”.

Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish province of Hatay announced that 8 civilians, including five children, were wounded, as a result of a six shell bombardments carried out by the YPG/PKK on Afrin at 17:50 local time.

A tweet from @rdwanalshhwan published the names of the civilians injured in the strikes: 1- Doaa Al-Ali, father Ahmed, mother, Joza, born in the southern countryside of Aleppo, Khanasser, age 11 years (F); 2 Abdel Moneim Mohamed Abdel Rahman, 8 years old, from Homs, living on Villa Street, a minor head injury (M); 3- Abd al-Rahman Ali, father Sobhi, mother Khadija, age 64, from Afrin, light in the head (M); 4- Asma al-Musa, father Musa, mother Nadia, 10 years old, from the southern countryside of Aleppo, lived in Afrin, lightly injured (F); 5- Othman Al-Mousa Al-Mousa, the mother, Nadia, 8 years old, from the southern countryside of Aleppo, the current residence is Afrin, a light injury (M); 6- Mahmoud Al-Mohammed, born in 1988, Homs, with a light injury (M).

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights specified that the location of the strikes was “al-Mazut road and Jendires junction in the city”. The correspondent for Zaman Al-Wasl added that “the bombing hit a school, and also caused significant material damage to some residential houses, amid a state of anxiety and fear among the city’s residents.” @YusufAd76532779 added that the shells struck “next to the headquarters of the National Army’s al-Sharqiya Army”.

The correspondent for Qasioun reported that “the civil defense teams rushed to the places where the missiles fell and worked to transport the wounded to medical points to receive the necessary treatment.”

Sources were in agreement that the Syrian Democratic Forces were responsible for the strikes, with Zaman Al-Wasl pinpointing the source of the strikes to the “Tal Rifaat pocket”, adjacent to the “Afrin” area in the southeastern side. Baladi News identified the bombing as being carried out with “rocket-propelled grenades”.

The incident occured at 5:50 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Asma al-Musa 10 years old female mother Nadia, 10 years old, from the southern countryside of Aleppo, lived in Afrin, lightly injured injured
  • Othman Al-Mousa Al-Mousa 8 years old male the mother, Nadia, 8 years old, from the southern countryside of Aleppo, the current residence is Afrin, a light injury injured
  • Doaa Al-Ali 11 years old female father Ahmed, mother, Joza, born in the southern countryside of Aleppo, Khanasser injured
  • Abdel Moneim Mohamed Abdel Rahman 8 years old male 8 years old, from Homs, living on Villa Street, a minor head injury injured
  • Abd al-Rahman Ali 64 years old male father Sobhi, mother Khadija, age 64, from Afrin, light in the head injured
  • Mahmoud Al-Mohammed 33 years old male born in 1988, Homs, with a light injury injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • #Euphrates post #Aleppo northern countryside#urgent: Several wounded, including children, as a result of missile strikes on the city of Afrin.
  • Children injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • One of the injured civilians following strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search through debris for injured civilians following strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search through debris for injured civilians following strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets search through debris for injured civilians following strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Rocket shelling of Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Rocket shelling of Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
  • Smoke from rocket shelling of Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Smoke from rocket shelling of Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • Shells from strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @ala_hacioglu)
  • Shells from strikes on Afrin on August 30, 2021. (Image posted by @ala_hacioglu)

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) 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
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

IRS011

Incident date

August 29, 2021

Location

جلين, Jillen, Dara'a, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians, including a woman, were killed and four others, including a woman, were injured in alleged Iranian or regime strikes on Jillin on August 29, 2021.

According to Syrian Civil Defense, two civilians were killed and four others were injured in missile and artillery shelling by the regime in the neighborhoods of Dara’a but did not specify which neighbor the civilian casualties occurred. They added that at the time of reporting, they expected the death toll to rise because there are no hospitals in Dara’a to treat those that were injured.

@freedom4daraa tweeted that one civilian was killed and others were wounded in the strikes, while @omar_alharir identified that “at least one female” was killed. A tweet from @Mustafa____2005 also reported that one woman was killed, adding that another was also injured.

@aboomer399 named the woman killed: Mrs. Hamda Eid Al-Jasim. North Press Agency reported that Hamda was 70 years old and a resident of Masakan Jillin.

Orient News pointed out that the areas in Jillin that were shelled were residential communities.

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes and shelling to regime forces. However, a tweet from @freedom4daraa referred to both the regime forces and Iranian militias being responsible for the shelling of Jillin.

The strikes occurred the same day that the Central Committee representing the people of the besieged areas in Daraa announced the collapse of negotiations with the Syrian regime due to the military escalation and the bombing of areas in the province.

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 – 2
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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 – 2
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

IRS012

Incident date

August 29, 2021

Location

طريق السد, Tareeq Al Sad, Dara'a, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between two and three civilians, including two men from the same family, were killed and up to four others were wounded in alleged Iranian or regime surface-to-surface missile strikes and artillery shelling on Tareeq al-Sad on August 29, 2021.

According to Syrian Civil Defense (SCD), two civilians were killed and four others were injured in missile and artillery shelling by the regime in the neighborhoods of Dara’a but did not specify which neighbor the civilian casualties occurred.

SCD added that at the time of reporting, they expected the death toll to rise because there are no hospitals in Dara’a to treat those that were injured. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that the inhabitants of Dara’a, including Tareeq al-Sad, are experiencing shortages of food, medicine, water and electricity and lack of medical center.

A tweed from @SRoudinah2 identified that three civilians were killed and a number of others were wounded in strikes on Al-Sad Road. However, @chessrabaa put the death toll at two but also pointed out that a number of others were still under the rubble at the time of reporting.

@Daraa24_24 named “Ahmed Ali Al-Amer Ghazlan” and “Bilal Muhammad Al-Hilal Ghazlan”.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes, with Halab Today’s Aleppo correspondent blaming the strikes on the regime while a tweet from @Yypnp1rHaJZ1YRZ attributed the bombing to ” the Iranian militias and the Fourth Division”.

@SRoudinah2 pointed to surface-to-surface missile as being used in the attack while other sources referred to the missiles used as “elephant rockets”. The correspondent of “Zaman Al-Wasl” added that “Golan” and “elephantes” missiles were launched on Al-Sad and that the ability of these missiles to destroy is great, noting that the sounds of their explosions are terrifying. However, North Press Agency identified artillery shells as part of the bombing.

The strikes occurred the same day that the Central Committee representing the people of the besieged areas in Daraa announced the collapse of negotiations with the Syrian regime due to the military escalation and the bombing of areas in the province.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ahmed Ali Al-Amer Ghazlan male injured
  • Bilal Muhammad Al-Hilal Ghazlan male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • "Bilal Ghazlan", nicknamed "Abu Muhammad", was killed from the Al-Sad Road neighborhood as a result of targeting the neighborhoods of Daraa Al-Balad and Al-Sad Road with elephant missiles and mortar shells. (Image posted by @syria55s)
  • Ahmed Ali Al-Amer Ghazlan was killed from the Al-Sad Road neighborhood as a result of targeting the neighborhoods of Daraa Al-Balad and Al-Sad Road with elephant missiles and mortar shells. (Image posted by @122as122as)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Graphic image of "Bilal Ghazlan", nicknamed "Abu Muhammad", was killed from the Al-Sad Road neighborhood as a result of targeting the neighborhoods of Daraa Al-Balad and Al-Sad Road with elephant missiles and mortar shells. (Image posted by @Sullaf_7)

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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
    2 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4379

Incident date

August 23, 2021

Location

درعا البلد, Daraa Al Balad, Dara'a, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and six other civilians were injured in alleged Russian or regime or Iranian strikes on Daraa Al Balad on August 23, 2021.

A tweet from @Almohrar1 reported that the young man Yazn Al-Omari was killed in the strikes on Daraa Al Balad.

@omar_alharir added that a number of civilians were wounded but did not provide how many, while Radio Al Kul wrote about “the injury of 6 civilians” from the incident.

Shaam News pointed out that there was no dedicated medial facility in Dara’a at the time – only facilities that had a limited amount of medical equipment and no doctors or surgeons.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strikes. The majority attributed the attacks to Iran and/or the regime. However, Syrian Civil Defence blamed the strikes on Russia and the regime.

Horan Free Media and the Syrian Network for Human Rights identified rocket launchers as being used in the attack, while Shaam News pointed to both rocket and artillery bombardments. The location of the strikes was pinpointed to the Kashef neighborhood in the city of Daraa, according to Ahrar Houran Gathering.

Radio Al Kul reported that the bombardment coincided with a breakdown in ceasefire negotiations between the Daraa Central Committee, and ,regime and Russian forces.

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
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The young man "Yazn Al-Omari", who was killed in strikes on Daraa Al Balad on August 23, 2021. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • The young man Yazn Al-Omari was killed in strikes on Daraa Al Balad on August 23, 2021. (Image posted by @malikKhattab1)
  • Strikes on Daraa Al Balad on August 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian 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
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Iranian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4376

Incident date

August 20, 2021

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least four children from the same family were killed and their mother and two other men were injured in alleged Russian or regime or Iranian strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021.

Syrian Civil Defense reported “four children from one family were killed, and two civilians were injured, this morning, Friday, August 20, by artillery shelling of the regime forces and Russia with laser-guided shells”.

@abuhuzaifa_ provided the names of the children killed: Ayat Al Omar 12 years old, Muhammad 9 years old, Mary 6 years, Hatem 3 years. A tweet from @DeirEzzore added that Muhammad Faisal Al-Khalil is the father of the children.

An image posted by @thawrat111 shows the bottle belonging to one of the children that was killed amongst the rubble of their home.

Al Jazeera wrote that a reporter for the French Press Agency saw the father crying over the bodies of three of his children in a cemetery when the remains of his fourth child were brought to the cemetery. The fourth child had to be buried in a hurry because bombing had begun again in the area.

Macro Media Center also identified four children as being killed in the strikes but put the number of injured at five, all from the same family. Radio Al Kul identified the mother of the children killed as being injured in the strikes and added that two men were seriously injured in a bombardment of another home in the same village.

According to @zelal_abo_adnan, the father of the children killed had gone to work the day of the strike and his wife was able to escape the bombing with the youngest child just moments before the shell landed on a nearby home.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were responsible for the strikes. Radio Al Kul blamed the shelling on regime forces stationed in the vicinity of the city of Kafr Nabl. However, Syrian Network for Human Rights attributed the strikes to Russian artillery forces along with a Russian surveillance plane overhead and identified Krasnopol laser guided shells as being used. Anadolu Agency pointed to both the regime and Iran as being responsible for the strikes.

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
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  • White Helmets remove the body of one of the victims of the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets sort through the rubble following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets remove the body of one of the victims of the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets sort through the rubble following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Four children from the same family were killed by artillery shelling by the Assad militia and Russia targeting civilian homes in the town of Kansafra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib.
  • People gather for the funeral of the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Four children from the same family were killed by artillery shelling by the Assad militia and Russia targeting civilian homes in the town of Kansafra in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib.
  • Bodies of the victims, all children, killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @abuhuzaifa_)
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    Very graphic image of one of the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @abdalwhab761)
  • Very graphic image of the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @mzmgr941)
  • Image of the four children that were killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @dbOFRYEU7XqMrTc)
  • Funeral for the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @AlarabyTV)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @AlarabyTV)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @AlarabyTV)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @AlarabyTV)
  • Body of one of the victims killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @feryal222kakhi)
  • Destruction caused by strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @feryal222kakhi)
  • Bodies of the victims, all children, killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @feryal222kakhi)
  • A bottle belonging to one of the children that was killed in the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @thawrat111)
  • Bodies of the victims of the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @ajplusarabi)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @ajplusarabi)
  • Explosion caused by the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @ajplusarabi)
  • People mourn the victims of the strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @ajplusarabi)
  • Residents sort through their belongs and save what they can following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @_abdulazizketaz)
  • Funeral and burial for the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by @bN2HlKac9SVdqtL)
  • Family and friends mourn the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Family and friends mourn the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Family and friends mourn the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Family and friends mourn the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Funeral for the children killed in strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Residents sort through their belongs and save what they can following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Residents sort through their belongs and save what they can following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Residents sort through their belongs and save what they can following strikes on Kansafra on August 20, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)

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

Iranian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Armed Forces
  • Iranian 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
    4
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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, Iranian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]