Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4333

Incident date

July 3, 2021

Location

ابلين, Iblin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least five civilians, including a woman and three to four children, were killed and three to four other civilians, including a woman and two children, were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that “the regime forces and Russia committed a massacre in the village of Iblin, killing 5 civilians (a man, his wife and three of their children) and wounding a woman and two children, all of them from the same family”. Various other sources also reported that five civilians were killed, with Enab Baladi identifying “that a man and his four children were killed”.

Step News Agency indicated that four civilians were “seriously” wounded in the strikes and identified laser-guided missiles as being used.

The names of those killed were provided by @AbuWael_Daraya: Sobhi Abdel Hamid Al-Asi (M husband), Souad Sobhi Al-Asi (W the wife), Ibrahim Sobhi Al-Asi (M child), Saad Sobhi Al-Asi (M child), Banan Sobhi Al-Asi (M child).

Etlif News reported that the same family lost “11 of its relatives as a result of similar bombing” a few days ago, “which indicates that the area was deliberately targeted”. Violet Syria also added that “five members of his family were martyred as a result of the regime’s bombing of a family’s mourning gathering in their village of Iblin on the tenth of June 2021”.

According to @thawrat111, “Sobhi Al-Assi is a volunteer in the medical team “Violet Organization” and a tweet from @org_violet commemorates his life. @SCDKutini gave specific information on his role, “[working] at the community treatment center to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the city of Jericho and at the Abilene Primary Health Care Center.” Violet Syria also posted on their website that “he is a fourth-year student at the Faculty of Sharia and Law at Idlib University, and he participated yesterday, Friday, in the human chain on Bab Al-Hawa Road within Advocacy, calling for his stance to save the lives of civilians in northwest Syria and not to cut off their lifeline.”

A tweet from @ibrahim78197182 added that the family was asleep when the strikes occurred and were killed in their sleep while @org_violet reported that Sobhi was killed “while he was on his way to work”.

@HalabTodayTV identified that “residential areas” within the town were shelled by artillery.  A video posted by @Jamil_Alhasaan shows the extensive damage to the house caused by the strikes and the backyard of the house that the children that were killed used to play in. The director of the Unified Observatory, Ammar Abu al-Hassan, told Enab Baladi News that none of these areas bombarded had a military presence.

The majority of sources attributed the strikes to Russia and Syrian Network for Human Rights provided an image of the shells that they identified as Russian that struck the home and injured members of the family. However, @HalabTodayTV blamed the regime for the strikes and referred to them as “artillery” strikes.

UNICEF condemned the attacks, including this one, that resulted in children being killed and called “for the protection of all children and strongly urge those fighting to refrain from further attacks”.

The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3–4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Image of the funeral held for a family that was killed in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @mhmdfaisel)
  • White Helmets and other civilians sorting through the rubble caused by strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @AbuWael_Daraya)
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    Graphic image of Sobhi Al-Assi, a volunteer with the Violet Organization, was killed along with his wife and three children in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @thawrat111)
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    Graphic image of one of the children killed in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @Tb7FgaFJwxqQlKu)
  • Damage to a home caused by strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @ibrahim78197182)
  • Images of the civilians killed and injured in strikes on the the villages of Jabal Al-Zawiya on July 3, 2021. (Images posted by @abdalazezketaz)
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    Images of the civilians killed and injured in strikes on the the villages of Jabal Al-Zawiya on July 3, 2021. (Images posted by @abdalazezketaz)
  • Images of the civilians killed and injured in strikes on the the villages of Jabal Al-Zawiya on July 3, 2021. (Images posted by @abdalazezketaz)
  • "With great sadness and sorrow, #Violet_Organization mourns the martyrdom of Sobhi Abdel Hamid Al-Assi, his wife and children, as a result of the bombing that targeted his house in Jabal Al-Zawiya while he was on his way to work, this morning, Saturday 03.07.2021." (Image posted by @org_violet)
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    Image of one of the children injured in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @fattumabdulfat1)
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    Very graphic image of one of the civilians killed in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @firas_alkhalifa)
  • Image of Sobhi Al-Assi, a volunteer with the Violet Organization, was killed along with his wife and three children in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @firas_alkhalifa)
  • Image of Sobhi Al-Assi, a volunteer with the Violet Organization, was killed along with his wife and three children in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @firas_alkhalifa)
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    Very graphic image of Sobhi Al-Assi, a volunteer with the Violet Organization, was killed along with his wife and three children in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by @SCDKutini)
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    Graphic images of the children injured in strikes on "the villages of #Abilene and #Billion in Jabal Al-Zawiya" posted by @voicenorth1
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    Graphic images of the children injured in strikes on "the villages of #Abilene and #Billion in Jabal Al-Zawiya" posted by @voicenorth1
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  • Image of the funeral held for a family that was killed in strikes on Iblin the morning of July 3, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Remnants of a shell identified to be Russian that was part of the attack on Iblin on July 3, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)

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
    5
  • (3–4 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4332

Incident date

July 2, 2021

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.81374, 36.60964 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least three civilians were injured in alleged Russian or regime strikes on the city of Ariha the evening of July 2, 2021.

According to Syrian Civil Defense, “3 civilians were injured, in a missile shelling by the regime forces targeting the northern entrance to the city of Ariha this evening, Friday, July 2nd”. Various other sources, including @IdlibPlus, also identified three civilians as being injured.

Ariha Today posted on Facebook the names of the three civilians injured: Ghassan Musab Al-Saleh from Khan Sheikhoun (M), Refaat Hussam Al-Bakri from Khan Sheikhoun (M) and Mohamed Zakwan from Ghandora Nahlia (M). 

The majority of sources attributed the strikes to regime forces. However, a tweet from @Almohrar1 referred to “Russian occupation militias” as carrying out the strikes in addition to @ilias90sam mentioning “#SyAF & maybe #RuAF” involved in the bombardment. Both airstrikes and artillery were reported as carried out on Ariha.

The incident occured in the evening.

  • Ghassan Musab Al-Saleh Age unknown male injured
  • Refaat Hussam Al-Bakri Age unknown male injured
  • Mohamed Zakwan Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Image of the damage to a vehicle caused by strikes on Ariha the evening July 2, 2021 and Civil Defense members inspecting the damage. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the civilians injured in strikes on Ariha the evening July 2, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Image of the damage to a vehicle caused by strikes on Ariha the evening July 2, 2021 and Civil Defense members inspecting the damage. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Ariha (أريحا), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.81374, 36.60964. 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
    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 (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4331

Incident date

June 27, 2021

Location

الفطيرة, Al Fatira, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.6102782, 36.4810681 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a woman, was killed and others were wounded in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes and/or artillery strikes on June 27, 2021.

A tweet from @SILSTY_10 alleges that there were “dead and wounded in the ranks of the militants in missile strikes carried out by the Syrian army on their positions in the town of Al-Fatirah”.

However, Shaam News reported that the strikes “led to the death of a woman martyr in Al-Fateera”.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were responsible for the strikes, with the majority of sources blaming the regime while @al_rahman6 attributed the strikes to 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
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Fatira (الفطيرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.6102782, 36.4810681. 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
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4330

Incident date

June 25, 2021

Location

قميناس, Quminas, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on the town of Quminas on June 25, 2021.

@ShahbaPress reported that “two civilians were wounded in artillery shelling by the Assad forces and Russia”. The majority of other sources also pointed to two civilians being injured in the strikes.

A tweet from @dbOFRYEU7XqMrTc identified one civilian as being injured and shared details that the strikes occurred “on the agricultural land surrounding the village of Qaminas”. @mzmgr941 located the bombing as occurring “on the road between #Idlib and #Qminas”.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were responsible, with @mzmgr941 attributing the strikes to Russia while @jocomTV blamed the regime.

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
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets rescue an injured civilian following strikes on the town of Qaminas on June 25, 2021. (Image posted by @ibrahim78197182)
  • White Helmets inspect the damage caused by airstrikes on Qaminas on June 25, 2021. (Image posted by @syria55s)

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

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4329

Incident date

June 24, 2021

Location

أريحا, Arihah, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians, including an elderly man, were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes and/or artillery on the city of Arihah on June 24, 2021.

Baladi News reported that “the regime forces bombed with heavy artillery the city of Ariha, which led to the injury of an elderly man who was treated by civil defense teams”. @fawaz_jwaid posted an image of an older man receiving medical treatment at a facility.

Syria TV also provided information on the incident, that “two civilians were injured” from the “regime forces targeting residential places”.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the airstrikes. Multiple sources attributed the airstrikes and artillery shelling to the regime and @Step_Agency identified  Russian reconnaissance planes as flying in conjunction. However, @mzmgr941 blamed  Russia for the missile bombing and the civilian casualties that resulted and @OGNreports reported that “Syrian regime and Russian occupation forces targeted the densely populated city of #Ariha”.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • According to @jisrtv, "Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha."
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (Image posted by @abo_aljod84)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. (Image posted by @mzmgr941)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and the surrounding area on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and the surrounding area on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah on June 24th, 2021. Photography: Ahmed Abu Adnan (Image posted by @ZaitunAgency)
  • Image of an older man receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in strikes on Arihah on June 24, 2021. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Damage caused by the strikes on Arihah and White Helmets approaching the buildings to help those injured on June 24th, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Russian or Regime forces bombard with heavy artillery the northern outskirts of the city of Ariha. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)

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
    1–2
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4328

Incident date

June 23, 2021

Location

مقبرة افس, Afes Cemetery, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.90606, 36.807296 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Between two and five civilians, including one to two children, were killed and five to eight others were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes and/or artillery strikes on Afes on June 23, 2021.

According to @abazeid89, “artillery shelling (regime / Russia) targeted the cemetery of the town of Afs in Idlib during a funeral and burial of a deceased, the initial outcome speaks of four martyrs”. @Jamil_Alhasaan added that the funeral was for “one of the deceased by the Iranian militias stationed in Saraqib” and JisrTV clarifies that the funeral was for a woman.

@syr_television gave the count that “two killed in the initial outcome of the bombing”. The majority of other sources, including @OrientNews, reported that three to four civilians were killed and Resala Post published that “5 martyrs and 6 injuries rose as a preliminary and non-final outcome”. Of four killed, @zelal_abo_adnan identified that two of them are children.

@OrientNews also reported that civilians were injured but did not specify how many. Syrian Civil Defense posted that five civilians were injured, with one of them in critical condition. The highest number was given by Zaman Al Wasl, which reported that eight civilians were wounded in addition to the three civilians killed.

A tweet from @anasanas84 named the victims killed: Rowad Ahmed Al-Hammadin (child) and Muhammad Nuri al-Musa. @anasanas84 later added “the death of the young man, Abdullah Al-Hamadin, as a result of his injuries”.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible, with @abazeid89 and @mohmad_rasheed blaming both Russia and the regime for the strikes while @humam_isa attributed the strikes to the regime.

The incident occured in the evening.

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
    2 – 5
  • (1–2 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (41) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Image of Muhammad Nuri al-Musa, killed in strikes on Afes on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Image of Rowad Ahmed Al-Hammadin, killed in strikes on Afes on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @humam_isa)
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @mohmad_rasheed)
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    Graphic image of one of the victims of the strikes on Afes, killed on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @Sharif199629)
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. Blood can be seen on one of the graves from a victim of the strikes. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Image of one of the victims of the strikes on Afes, killed on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @rdwanalshhwan)
  • Dead and wounded as regime forces bombard a funeral procession in the town of Afs
  • Assad forces target a cemetery during the burial of a dead person in the village of Efes, near the city of Saraqib
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. A crater in the earth can be seen from the strikes. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. Blood can be seen on one of the graves from a victim of the strikes. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Image of Afes cemetery, which was struck by artillery during a funeral for a villager on June 23, 2021. Blood can be seen on one of the graves from a victim of the strikes. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the cemetery of Afes (مقبرة افس), for which the exact coordinates are: 35.90606, 36.807296.

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
    2 – 5
  • (1–2 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (41) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4327

Incident date

June 23, 2021

Location

الاتارب, Al Atareb, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1371787, 36.8106364 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a woman, was killed and between two and three civilians, including a woman and one to two children, were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021.

According to Halab Today, “the family sat at the table to eat breakfast, when an artillery shell from the regime forces surprised them, injuring a woman and her child in the city of Atarib”.

@anasanas84 tweeted that “a woman and several children” had been injured and attributed the strikes to Russia and the regime in addition to Al Atareb Media Office posting that “a woman and two children were injured”. Images provided by @Tb7FgaFJwxqQlKu show two children, a boy and a girl, with injuries. Radio Al Kul also reported that one of the children injured was the son of the woman involved in the incident.

@ZaitunAgency reported that the woman that was injured “succumbed to her injuries” and @syriapostnew1 also reported that a woman was killed.

The Syrian American Medical Society added that “our staff at Atarib Surgical Hospital received wounded civilians, provided them with all medical services, and a woman was transferred to Bab al-Hawa Hospital to complete treatment.”

Various sources identified the home that was bombed as being close to the Turkish military post and Baladi News pinpointed the location as “near the Turkish point in the “Al-Wasata” area”. Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the strikes severely damaged the house’s structure.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime were responsible.

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 woman)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • Image of the breakfast that the family had just sat down to eat when shells surprised them and resulted in the injury of a woman and child - strikes occurred in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Halab Today via Facebook)
  • Image of a kitchen struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Halab Today via Facebook)
  • Image of a kitchen struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Halab Today via Facebook)
  • Image of a kitchen struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Halab Today via Facebook)
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    Image of one of the children injured in the strike on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Image of the breakfast that the family had just sat down to eat when shells surprised them and resulted in the injury of a woman and child - strikes occurred in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @OrientNews)
  • Image of the breakfast that the family had just sat down to eat when shells surprised them and resulted in the injury of a woman and child - strikes occurred in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @OrientNews)
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    Image of one of the children injured in the strike on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by @Tb7FgaFJwxqQlKu)
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    Members of the Syrian American Medial Society treat the injured children in the strikes on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by SAMS Arabic)
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    Members of the Syrian American Medial Society treat the injured children in the strikes on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by SAMS Arabic)
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    Members of the Syrian American Medial Society treat the injured children in the strikes on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by SAMS Arabic)
  • Members of the Syrian American Medial Society treat those injured in the strikes on Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by SAMS Arabic)
  • Image of the meal a family was sitting down to eat when their hoe was struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Image of a White Helmet searching through a kitchen struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Image of a kitchen struck by artillery in Al Atareb on June 23, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Atareb (الاتارب), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.1371787, 36.8106364. 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
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4326

Incident date

June 22, 2021

Location

منطف, Mantef, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.777234, 36.651806 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was killed and at least two other civilians, a woman and one to two children, were injured in alleged Russian or regime airstrikes on Mantef village on June 22, 2021.

According to Syrian Network for Human Rights, “a 17-year-old girl, named as Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum, was killed while two other civilians were injured when Syrian regime artillery forces used shells to target Mentef village”.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “a female civilian was killed and her child was wounded in a rocket fire” while various other sources gave different numbers for wounded. Syrian Civil Defense identified “the killing of a woman, and the injury of a woman and a two-month-old child” while @ZaitunAgency gave the account that “a woman was killed and two children were injured”. @anasanas84 tweeted that “a two-month-old girl was injured and another 19-year-old was injured”.

The woman referred to in these and other sources as being killed seems to be the same as the girl listed above, Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum, but since she is under the age of 18, she is classified as a child by Airwars. Images provided by @Omar_Madaniah and @Gurbtwatan show the same baby from this pictures with injuries from the strikes.

A tweet from @abuhuzaifa_ includes a picture that is identified as the two children of someone killed in the strikes on Mantef – the post does not identify their mother by name but may be referring to Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum.

@Gurbtwatan reported that a woman was preparing lunch for her husband when she heard the sound of shelling and then raced to grab her three month-old baby who was napping and run outside of the house. Zaman Al Wasl confirmed that this woman was Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum, who was “trying to escape from her home with her daughter to a nearby underground shelter. “Wafaa” was hit by shrapnel, and her fall to the ground did not prevent her from holding onto her 3-month-old daughter, Jana. He added that shrapnel in the thigh affected the girl, who was taken to hospitals in Idlib governorate for treatment, while her mother was buried in the town’s cemetery.”

@abdalazezketaz pointed out that civilian homes were destroyed in the bombing.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible, with Syrian network for Human Rights attributed the shelling to the regime while @EdlibNN blamed Russia. Syrian Civil Defense did not distinguish between whether the regime or Russia was responsible.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum 17 years old female killed
  • Jana, daughter of Wafaa Abdul Hamid Qassoum 2 months years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Image of Civil Defense crews removing the body of a deceased civilian killed in airstrikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Image of Civil Defense crews removing the body of a deceased civilian killed in airstrikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense via Facebook)
  • Damage to a building in Mantef sustained from bombings on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense via Facebook)
  • Damage to a building in Mantef sustained from bombings on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense via Facebook)
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    "She martyred...God is one... We are all exposed to this thing" Harsh moments during the recovery of a woman who was killed today by artillery shelling by the regime forces and Russia on the village of Mantef, south of Idlib.
  • "Their mother was martyred today by the bombing of the Russian occupation and Assad militias on their house in the countryside of Idlib." The identity of their mother is unclear. (Image posted by @abuhuzaifa_ )
  • Image of a baby who was injured in the strikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by @Omar_Madaniah)
  • Image of a baby who was injured in the strikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by @Gurbtwatan)
  • Image of Civil Defense crews removing the body of a deceased civilian killed in airstrikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by @abdalazezketaz)
  • Image of a baby who was injured in the strikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Zaman Al Wasl)
  • A blanket and clothes from the baby that was injured in strikes on the town of Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Zaman Al Wasl)
  • Image of Civil Defense crews removing the body of a deceased civilian killed in airstrikes on Mantef on June 22, 2021. (Image posted by Zaman Al Wasl)

Geolocation notes (8) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Mantef (منطف). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location of this strike at these exact coordinates: 35.777234, 36.651806.

  • Reports of the incident mention the village of Mantef (منطف). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location of this strike to exact coordinates.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged satellite imagery.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged satellite imagery.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources shows Minaret in the background. Shadow analysis shows this to be North-West of the strike location.

    Imagery:
    Syrian Civil Defense

  • Tagged panoramic stitch showing multiple landmarks.

    Imagery:
    Syrian Civil Defense

  • Tagged audio-visual material showing area of strike from different perspective.

    Imagery:
    Qasim Al Furati

  • Tagged audio-visual material showing large boulder beneath tree present in other sources.

    Imagery:
    Syrian Civil Defense

  • Tagged audio-visual material showing large boulder beneath tree present in other sources.

    Imagery:
    Qasim Al Furati

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
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]