Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY009

Incident date

April 27, 2020

Location

ريف دمشق, Rural Damascus , Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.393559, 36.229134 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Three civilians including a child were reported killed and others injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Damascus countryside in Syria on April 27th, 2020, according to local media.

Euphrates Post said these airstrikes targeted sites for the Syrian regime, while @Step_Agency said that they targeted sites of Iranian militias in the vicinity of Sahnaya and Al Kiswah mountains in Damascus’ southwestern countryside. Nors for Studies said that Israeli warplanes targeted the area with eight raids.

The sources said the airstrikes also led to the killing of four people from foreign nationalities, believed to be part of the Iranian or Hezbollah forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported “Israeli airstrikes on Damascus countryside targeted locations and headquarters of the militias loyal to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah in the area from Kiswa to Sahnaya in the southwestern countryside of Damascus, which led to the death of at least four of those forces, whose identity is unknown.”

The Syrian Observatory continues to say that “three civilians were killed and others were wounded as a result of shrapnel of missile fragments on their homes in the Adliya and Al-Hujaira regions of the southern countryside of Damascus.” The Observatory said that it is not known yet whether these shrapnel was caused by Israeli missiles, or by the air defense missiles of the Syrian regime.

From their side, Shaam Network blamed the Syrian regime for the death of the three civilians saying that they were killed by shrapnel from the regime’s air defense missiles used to respond to the Israeli attack. From their side, the Syrian regime denied this claim and blamed the Israelis.

Shaam Network said that footage of the regime’s response to the attack on social media shows that their missiles fell back to the ground and thus they are responsible for the civilians killed.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the area between Sahnaya (صحنايا) and the mountains in the vicinity of Al Kiswah (الكسوة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for a point between these two locations are: 33.393559, 36.229134.

  • Reports of the incident mention the area between Sahnaya (صحنايا) and the mountains in the vicinity of Al Kiswah (الكسوة).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4

Sources (9) [ collapse]