Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISSY019

Incident date

August 19–20, 2021

Location

قارة, Qarah, Rif Dimashq, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least four civilians, including a young man, were killed and three to four others were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime air defense strikes on Qarah on August 19/20, 2021. Sources reported that four additional members of Hezbollah were killed in the strikes.

A tweet from @SARASALLOUM963 quoted the Head of Qara City Council as reporting that “four civilian workers were killed and three others were injured as a result of the Israeli aggression on Qara last night”.

Enab Baladi quoted the Russian “TASS” news agency as reporting that “the warplanes targeted three points in Qara, and three missiles landed on civilian homes, killing four civilians and wounding four others, as well as destroying two houses and damaging nearby buildings” and “the ages of the dead ranged between 20 and 50 years, and the wounded were taken to the hospital in the nearby city of Deir Atiyah”.

@SARASALLOUM963 also identified the name of one of the people killed: Jaafar, the son of Abdul Jabbar Taha, a member of Kefraya and Al Foah, who was expelled from his village in Idlib countryside, was killed. @AuroraIntel referred to Jaafar as being a civilians.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four members of Lebanese Hezbollah were killed and others were wounded in the strikes on weapons warehouses and other military posts belonging to Lebanese Hezbollah in Qarah. They added that Lebanese Hezbollah uses the area to smuggle fuel from Lebanon to Syria.

@QalaatM identified the names of two of the “soldiers” killed in the strikes: Maher Ahmed Hilal and Adel Khader Al-Fatlawi, who was serving in the IRGC-linked Brigade.

Damascus SV reported on both the Hezbollah militia members and the civilians killed in the strikes, indicating that both civilians and belligerents were killed. They quoted Voice of the Capital correspondents in the western Qalamoun, who said that “ambulances loaded with corpses and wounded arrived at several government hospitals”. In addition, they also quoted the Qara City Council’s reported on civilians being killed but added that “local sources accused the anti-missiles fired by the air defenses of killing and wounding civilians”.

Step News reported that in response to the Israeli airstrikes, the Syrian regime launched air defense missiles and an image posted by Damascus Voice shows “remnants of the Russian “Pantsir” air defense missiles”. Syrian Arab News Agency, an agency associated with the Syrian regime, reported that the regime had shot down most of the missiles and were still assessing the outcome.

Tweets from @AuroraIntel and @SAMSyria0 were able to identify the geolocation of the strikes. Sources were conflicted as to whether the Israeli strikes or the Syrian defense strikes were responsible for the civilian casualties.

The incident occured around midnight.

  • Jaafar Age unknown male son of Abdul Jabbar Taha, a member of Kefraya and Al Foah killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Remnants of the Russian "Pantsir" air defense missiles that fell in the residential neighborhoods of the city of Damascus on the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Damascus Voice)
  • Remnants of the Russian "Pantsir" air defense missiles that fell in the residential neighborhoods of the city of Damascus on the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Damascus Voice)
  • Jaafar, the son of Abdul Jabbar Taha, a member of Kefraya and Al Foah, who was expelled from his village in Idlib countryside, was killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Qarah on August 19/20, 2021. (Image posted by @SARASALLOUM963)
  • Strikes on Damascus and surrounding areas the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Strikes on Damascus and surrounding areas the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Strikes on Damascus and surrounding areas the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Strikes on Damascus and surrounding areas the evening of August 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Adel Khader Al-Fatlawi, identified by @QalaatM as a soldier, was killed in strikes on Qarah on August 19, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Maher Ahmed Hilal, identified by @QalaatM as a soldier, was killed in strikes on Qarah on August 19, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Maher Ahmed Hilal, identified by @QalaatM as a soldier, was killed in strikes on Qarah on August 19, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Adel Khader Al-Fatlawi, identified by @QalaatM as a soldier, was killed in strikes on Qarah on August 19, 2021. (Image posted by @QalaatM)
  • Civilian planes flying to Beirut airport were rerouted due to alleged Israeli strikes in Qarah on August 19, 2021. (Image posted by @Intel_Sky)

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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY017

Incident date

May 5, 2021

Location

اللاذقية, Latakia, Syria

Geolocation

35.575490, 35.794722 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (other)

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and and six others, including one to three children and a woman, were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on various locations in Latakia in the early morning hours on May 5, 2021.

Images posted by @SAMSyria0 show three different children, a woman, and an elderly man being treated for wounds allegedly sustained during the Israeli strikes. Another tweet reported that according to the General Authority of Masyaf National Hospital, quoting Dr. Maher Younis, 10 injuries were being treated so far, including four serious injuries, from strikes near Deir Shamil in Hama. It is unclear if those injured are civilians or militants.

@SAMSyria0 identified “Lieutenant Sharaf: Hussein Ali Faisal Abeda”, a regime soldier, as being killed in the strikes on Lattakia.

According to Syrian Arab News Agency, “a civilian was martyred in the aggression, and six others, among them a child and his mother were injured, in addition to causing material damages as the Israeli aggression targeted a civilian plastics factory.”

However, Shaam reported that the it was actually a military facility, “activists on social media circulated scenes showing successive fires and explosions emanating from a site that was hit by an air strike in what is believed to be a warehouse of ammunition and weapons belonging to Assad’s forces and the Iranian militias supporting him.”

A tweet from @AsaadHannaa, a journalist for Al Monitor, identified the facility as being “suspected to manufacture drugs of Captagon pills and other drugs in #Latakia; belonging to Badih and Wissam Al-Assad (the family of Bashar Al-Assad)”.

@SAMSyria0 also identified a wood and ceramics warehouse as being struck in the vicinity of al-Raml al-Janoubi neighborhood in the south of Lattakia, in addition to providing the coordinates and referring to the sites struck in Lattakia as being “completely civilian and belonging to civilians”.

Additional details from SANA were that the strikes occurred at about 2:18am and the planes came “from the direction of south west of Lattakia targeting some positions in the coastal region.” @freeehsem added that 35 missiles were used in the bombardment.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the “Israeli airstrikes hit military positions of regime forces and Iranian-backed militias in both countryside of Hama and Latakia in the early hours of Wednesday morning.” In addition, “one civilian was killed and over five others, including a woman and three children, were injured as well as the destruction of a building, but it was not known if it was a warehouse or a workshop, in Ras Shamra and Ras al-Ain in Latakia countryside. However, it is not known if Israeli missiles or shrapnel of the missiles of the regime’s air-defences left these casualties and caused the material damage.”

A post from Nors studies pointed out that “one of the targeted sites is in Ras Shamra, away from the Russian Hmeimim base, where the S-400 systems are located only 20 km away.”

Ynet News reported that according to Syrian television, as a result of the attack, electricity infrastructure in a certain area of ​​the port city of Latakia was damaged, and as a result, the supply of electricity to residents in the area was stopped. Technical teams are working to restore the infrastructure. It was also reported that private homes in the area were also damaged as a result of the attack.

This incident was geolocated by @obretix. The majority of sources attributed the strikes to Israel but the Israeli Defense Forces refused to comment on the strikes.

The incident occured at 2:18 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–16
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (49) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (59) [ collapse]

  • Geolocation of the "plastic factory" that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike north of Latakia last night (images posted by @obretix)
  • Geolocation of the "plastic factory" that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike north of Latakia last night (images posted by @obretix)
  • location of another warehouse/factory in Latakia that was targeted last night (Images posted by @obretix)
  • location of another warehouse/factory in Latakia that was targeted last night (Images posted by @obretix)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: One of the targeted sites is in Ras Shamra, away from the Russian Hmeimim base, where the S-400 systems are located only 20 km away (Images posted by Nors studies via Facebook)
  • Alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Missile remnants from alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Missile remnants from alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Fires from alleged Israeli strikes in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @AsaadHannaa)
  • Fires from alleged Israeli strikes in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @AsaadHannaa)
  • Child injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Women and children injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Man injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Lieutenant Sharaf: Hussein Ali Faisal Abeda, killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention an alleged plastics warehouse in the vicinity of Latakia (اللاذقية). According to research conducted by @obretix, the exact location of this strike is: 35.575490, 35.794722. Cross referencing evidence from audio-visual material from sources, we can confirm this location.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–16
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (49) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY016

Incident date

April 24, 2021

Location

بانياس, Off the coast of Baniyas, Tartus, Syria

Geolocation

35.252280, 35.918130 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (other)

Airwars assessment

At least three young men on an oil tanker were killed in alleged Israeli drone strikes off the coastal city of Baniyas on April 24, 2021 according to local sources.

A tweet from @SAMSyria0 reported that “the body of the young man, Ahmed Amin, from Arwad Island – Tartous, who is a crew member of the targeted ship, has been found. The search is still going on for the victims: the young man, Ahmed Mohammed, from the village of Balgons – Baniyas and the young Muhammad Hussein Yassin – Aleppo.”

A later tweet from @SAMSyria0 adds that “the young Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad, 18 years old, from the village of Balgons – Banias Tartous” has been identified as being killed on the oil tanker.

A Facebook post from Samaher Nasif added that Muhammad Hussein Yassin – Aleppo was also killed on the oil tanker.

Tik Debka reported that “other sources are clears that in the attack 4 of the crew of the tanker were killed, three of them Syrians.”

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there was “an explosion in an oil tanker coming from Iran, near the oil refinery in the coastal city of Banias.” At the time of their reporting, “it was not known whether the explosion was caused by a drone attack or naval attack on an oil tank within the tanker. The explosion caused fire and material damage, but no casualties have been reported.” SOHR later added that three Syrian people had died in the “burning of a fuel tank inside the Iranian oil tanker,” adding that “it is not known whether they are among the cadres working within the tanker.”

“The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel-Rahman, told Agence France-Presse, “At least three people were killed, two of them were crew members” in the attack, which caused a fire in one of the tanker’s tanks.”

Multiple sources, including the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, alleged that the explosion was caused by a drone coming from Lebanese territorial waters but that the identify of the belligerent responsible was unknown.

According to a tweet from @NorsForStudies citing Russia Today, Moscow claimed that the tanker was not targeted and that the fire that broke out was due to negligence; Iran denied that the tanker belonged to them and identified it as being Lebanese; and the Syrian regime identified the tanker as being Iranian and blamed Israel for the strike.

@OQBAH33 attributed a drone strike to Israel and identified the tanker as belonging to Iran. A tweet from @IntelliTimes reported that Israel denied any connection to the attack on the tanker.

France 24 reported that according to Iranian media, the oil tanker was “one of three Iranian tankers that arrived shortly before at the Syrian oil port of Banias.” However, other sources contested whether the tanker was Iranian, with Reuters quoting TankerTrackers, who said in a tweet that “the tanker seen burning today off the coast of Baniyas is not an Iranian vessel”, but Beirut-registered and the semi-official news agency Tasnim denied it was Iranian.

CNN included details that “The “Al-Ahlam” channel quoted unidentified sources as saying that the tanker was targeted “with two projectiles, one of which hit the front of it, leaving partial damage, and the other hit its roof and caused more damage.”

The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident. @obretix geolocated this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmed Amin Age unknown male from Arwad Island - Tartous killed
  • Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad 18 years old male from the village of Balgons - Banias Tartous killed
  • Muhammad Hussein Yassin Age unknown male from Aleppo killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (3 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored an explosion in an oil tanker coming from Iran, near the oil refinery in the coastal city of Banias. According to sources, the fires are unlikely to be caused by a technical failure. It was not known whether the explosion was caused by a drone attack or naval attack on an oil tank within the tanker. The explosion caused fire and material damage, but no casualties have been reported. It has not been conclusively confirmed whether the attack was carried out by a drone from Lebanese territorial waters, while the identity of the attackers remained unknown.
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: A car bomb exploded a short while ago in Baniyas, and there were reports of a drone attack on an oil tanker from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translation: A car bomb exploded a short while ago in Baniyas, and there were reports of a drone attack on an oil tanker from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translation: The martyrdom of the young Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad, 18 years old, from the village of Balgons - Banias Tartous, in the death of the attacking of the enemy of the oil tanker. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • At least three young men working on an oil tanker were killed in alleged Israeli drone strikes on the coastal city of Baniyas on April 24, 2021 according to local sources. (Image posted by Samaher Nasif)
  • Caption translation: The death of the young man, Mahmoud Muhammad Amin, on board the tanker that was hit by a target of an enemy (no official statement confirms that it was an accidental accident) off the mouth of the oil in Banias. (Image posted @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Alleged Israeli strikes on an oil tanker off the coast of Syria. (Image posted by Israel Hayom)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a fire on an oil tanker named Wisdom, off the coast of Baniyas (بانياس). According to research conducted by @obretix, checked and confirmed by our geolocation team, the exact coordinates for this tanker are: 35.252280, 35.918130.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (3 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY015

Incident date

January 22, 2021

Location

حي كازو, Kazo neighborhood, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

Four civilians from the same family including two children were reported killed and four others including an infant were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes, or Syrian regime rockets launched to respond to Israeli airstrikes in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021.

The family is displaced from Idlib, and it seems that one of the children died of his injuries in the hospital, according to local sources. Two children were pulled out of the rubble and the family members were taken to Hama National Hospital. @SAMSyria0 said that the rocket hit a building that was inhabited by a family of 10 members (parents, grandparents and 6 children).

Governorate Hama provided the names of the civilians killed on Facebook: Karmo Saeed Al-Abdo; Elham Karmo al-Abdo; Munjid Karmo al-Abdo; Mahmoud Muhammad Talib Halabiya. In addition, names were provided of those injured: Yusra Junaid Al-Ahmad; Khaled Karmo al-Abdo; Nour Muhammad Tariq Halabiya; Khawla Muhammad Tariq Halabiya.

Deutsche Welle News reported that two children were among the four people wounded in the attack.

As to what the Israelis targeted, Syrian Files said that attack targeted a surface-to-surface missiles factory run by the scientific research center. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that attack targeted five locations that had “members of the militia loyal to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah which were present within the regime’s military forces in the vicinity of Hama and its proximity in the region Al-Wusta from Syria, which led to its complete destruction.” Iran Wire Arabic said that the attack targeted “warehouses for storing weapons for Iranian militias in 3 locations, one of which is in the 47th Brigade of the 8th Division, and Iranian militias use it to store missiles, while the bombing also targeted a military center for developing weapons, especially missiles near scientific research in Masyaf, and a military headquarters for the Revolutionary Guard in the Umrah area of ​​Ain Halakim district, west of Hama.”

As to who is responsible, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) affiliated with the Syrian regime reported that Israeli forces launched rockets targeting the surrounding of Hama governorate, and that the Syrian air defence responded to the attack. SANA then said that a family consisting of a father, a mother and two children were killed, and four others, an elderly person, a woman and two children were injured, and that three houses were demolished in the western side of Hama.

However, @Syriahr blamed the Syrian regime for the killing and injuring of the civilians saying that they were killed by rockets of the Syrian regime which were launched from Hama’s military airport, located meters away from Kazo neighborhood. The Observatory said that “the remnants of the missiles fired by the regime’s air defense brigades, in an attempt to counter the Israeli missiles, killed a family consisting of a woman, her husband and two children, in addition to the injury of four, who are an elderly man, two children and a woman, after the remnants of one of the missiles fell on the Kazo neighborhood in the northwestern part of Hama.”

Sounds of explosions were also heard in Tartus, Banias and rural Damascus as a result of launching of air defence missiles.

@SAMSyria0 mentioned that ‘part of a military object, a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in the sane time of the raid, and the sound of an explosion was reported in Irbid, north of Jordan, during the raid.’

@SAMSyria0 then tweeted images of what described ‘parts of the S200 long-range air defense missile near Yabroud in Damascus countryside, which is most likely the cause of the sound of the explosion that was heard in the vicinity of Damascus.’ Another missile was found in Ras Al-Ma’arra in Qalamoun area in rural Damascus.

@khalediskef also shared images describing them as ‘fragments of the missiles that were used during the Israeli raid on Hama, it was found that they were American GBU-39 guided bombs.’

Local sources also shared images of missiles in Tartus and the Observatory denied that there was an Israeli attack on Tartus, and said what was found was remnants of the regime’s air defence response to the attack in Hama.

According to Iran Wire, the attacks killed 40 Syrian regime members and 20 members of the Iranian militias, in addition to destroying the targeted sites.

The incident occured at approximately 4:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

  • Elham Al-Abdo 40 years old female killed
  • Mahmoud Halabiya 4 years old male killed
  • Karmo Al-Abdo 63 years old male 63 killed
  • Munjid al-Abdo 10 years old male killed
  • Noor Halabia 3 years old female injured
  • Khawla Halabiya 3 months years old female injured
  • Khaled Al-Abdo 26 years old male injured
  • Yosra Al-Ahmad 50 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    60

Sources (60) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (74) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: Breaking: Al-Watan Correspondent in Hama: A displaced family consisting of three people, a father, a mother and a young girl, was martyred, in addition to a man from their relatives, and a critically ill infant was injured in the Kazo neighborhood of Hama due to the "Israeli" attack on the governorate at dawn today.
  • Caption translation: Because of the Israeli aggression, a displaced family living in the Kazo neighborhood, consisting of three people, was martyred, a father, a mother, a young girl and a baby in critical condition. Mercy for their souls, patience and solace for their families. Kazo is a popular civilian neighborhood, and there is no military post there at all
  • Caption translation: Local sources in Hama: An entire family was killed in the Kazo neighborhood, and two babies were pulled out of the rubble alive. Four martyrs and three wounded, from one family, as a result of the aggression against Hama at dawn today.
  • Caption translation: Parts of a military object (a missile? !!) fell in the Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with the raid, and the sound of an explosion was reported in Irbid, north of Jordan, during the raid.
  • Caption translation: Pictures showing one of the S200 long-range air defense missile parts near Yabroud in Damascus countryside, which is most likely the cause of the sound of the explosion that was heard in the vicinity of Damascus.
  • Caption translation: The wounded of the Israeli air aggression that targeted Hama at dawn today was wounded.
  • Caption: The damage to civilian homes as a result of the Israeli aggression on Hama at dawn today.
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • One of the children injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes or Syrian regime rockets in Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA).
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Aftermath of Israeli airstrike or Syrian regime rockets on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Remnants of missiles used in an alleged Israeli attack on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via SANA)
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • A building totally damaged in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Civilians gathered in the location of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @AlwatanSy).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Remnants of a Syrian air defence rocket found in Al-Qadmous, Tartus, Tawahin village. (via @SAMSyria0).
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • Parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • The location where parts of a military object, most likely a missile, were found in Khirbet al-Wahhadneh area in Ajloun governorate in Jordan, in coincidence with an Israeli airstrike on Hama in Syria. (via @SAMSyria0)
  • A child injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A child injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A civilian injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • A woman injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on locations in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via @SyriawatanNews).
  • According to @khalediskef, these are fragments of missiles used during the Israeli raid on Hama, and found to be American GBU-39 guided bombs.
  • According to @khalediskef, these are fragments of missiles used during the Israeli raid on Hama, and found to be American GBU-39 guided bombs.
  • A wounded child in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A wounded woman in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A wounded child in hospital after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Kafar Takharim)
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • A member of the Ba'ath party in Idlib paid a visit to hospital where wounded civilians as a result of the Israeli airstrike were staying. (via Idlib, Salqin )
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • The funeral of the four victims of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib, Salqin)
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Damage to a house as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Damage to a house as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on Kazo neighborhood in Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Syria is ours post).
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • Remnants of Syrian air defence rockets/bomb showed on the Syrian TV. (via U Defence)
  • A map showing the location of Kazo neighborhood in Hama and the Hama airport and Bayada, and also Tripoli where the bomb is believed to have been launched from. (via U defence)
  • Four civilians from the same family including two children were killed by alleged Israeli airstrikes on Hama on January 22nd, 2021. (via Idlib governorate martyrs)
  • Damage caused by alleged Israeli or Syrian regime missile strikes on Hama on January 22, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Israeli or Syrian regime missile strikes on Hama on January 22, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Israeli or Syrian regime missile strikes on Hama on January 22, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Israeli or Syrian regime missile strikes on Hama on January 22, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Israeli or Syrian regime missile strikes on Hama on January 22, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)

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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Israeli Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    60

Sources (60) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY014

Incident date

August 31, 2020

Location

الهيجانة, Al Hayjana, Rural Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.357582, 36.245826 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians, including at least one woman, were reportedly killed in alleged Israeli air or artillery strikes or the shrapnel of Syrian regime defence missiles in Al Hayjana in rural Damascus, Syria on August 31st, 2020. At least one other civilian was injured.

Several sources reported multiple alleged Israeli strikes in southern Syria. Baladi News reported that military sites of regime forces and Iranian militias were targeted. The regime-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency stated that the “Israeli aggression targeted the southern region with bursts of rockets, and our air defence system responded to them.” According to SANA, the shelling took place from the the Jabal al-Sheikh area towards the occupied Syrian Golan.

According to a military source, SANA reported two deaths, seven wounded and material damage, without specifying the number of civilian casualties.

Step News Agency also reported that ” Israeli warplanes targeted, with several air strikes, the sites of the Syrian regime and Iranian militias in the hills surrounding the Al-Kiswah area in the countryside.” Step also wrote that “thee residents of the capital Damascus circulated a video clip documenting the departure of an air defence missile from one of the military barracks of the Syrian regime south of Damascus, and its fall on the ground in the vicinity of Al Kiswa, south of the capital,”

According to a @HalebTV correspondent, one of the regime’s air defence missiles fell on the house of a civilian in Hayjana, killing a woman and injuring three people, as well as destroying the house completely.

@khalediskef, among other sources, identified the killed woman as Mutla Al Sarhan and one of the injured civilians as her husband.

Hasakah Eye concluded that “Israeli shelling killed 11 people, seven Hezbullah tracking elements, three Syrian regime elements, and three civilians after Israeli bombing on the vicinity of Damascus airport”, writing that the strikes targeted Hezbollah elements.

Instead of reporting airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Israeli rocket attacks coming from the occupied Golan Heights.

According to Haaretz News, an IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Hedi Zilberman, addressed the attack this morning, saying: “The IDF has an interest and has strategic goals in the northern arena, and we are doing everything necessary to meet those goals.” In an interview with Gali Tzahal, Zilberman declined to comment on the identities of those killed in the attack, saying: “I do not want to go into these specific issues. “He was confident that the IDF was working day and night to ensure that our strategic goals in the northern arena were properly realized.”

The incident occured at approximately 10:40 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • 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, Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    11

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • A surface-to-air missile issued by the Syrian air defenses missed its target and fell in the al-Kiswah area in the Damascus countryside, causing damage and deaths among civilians.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Kiswa (الكسوة), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.357582, 36.245826. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown 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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • 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, Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    11

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY012

Incident date

June 24, 2020

Location

الصبوره, Al Saboura, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.155474, 37.209342 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a civilian was killed and others injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Saboura village in Hama countryside on June 24th, 2020 after midnight.

The Observatory said “A civilian was killed and three others were wounded, as a result of the Israeli bombing of the village of Saboura in the eastern Hama countryside on June 24th.”

Around the same time a reported weapons factory was also targeted at nearby Salamiya, although there were no reports of civilian harm: “The Syrian Observatory learned from reliable sources that Russian forces had informed the director of the onion plant near Salamieh for evacuation before the Israeli bombing. And Israeli air strikes destroyed two of the buildings that were weapons depots, while the third one, which is used to manufacture crisps, remained.”

Nziv.net also reported that after the attack, “the sounds of ambulances rushing to the attacked site were heard. Confirmed reports confirm that there were casualties at the sites attacked.” In this specific strike, the cultural center was the alleged location of the strikes.

@SanaAjel tweeted that “SANA – Military source: At 00:45 pm, the Israeli enemy carried out a new air aggression targeting several locations of ours in Salamiya and Saburah in the countryside of Hama.”

In a special interview with News 13, the commander of the Ramat David base, Colonel III, did not confirm the attack, but agreed to say that “the goal is to reduce the Iranian military presence in Syria and all its elements that threaten the State of Israel.” They added they seven people were killed but did not specify if they were civilians or militants. A tweet from @yonibmen specified that of the seven killed were “5 Iranians and 2 Syrians killed in an Israeli attack in Syria, targets were attacked in the Hamat, a-Sahna and Swida areas in the south”.

The incident occured after midnight.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Sabourah (الصبوره), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.155474, 37.209342. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY013

Incident date

June 24, 2020

Location

معمل تجفيف البصل, Onion Drying Factory, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.013944, 37.065056 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians were injured in alleged Israeli strikes on an onion factory, reportedly used by Iranian militias as a weapon and ammunitions depot, in Al Salamiya on June 24th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Times of Israel identified the strike location as being “an onion-processing plant and a cattle feed factory converted by Iranian forces into ammunition warehouses”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Israeli strikes targeted an onion factory, which was partially turned into a weapon and ammunitions depot by Iranian forces. According to the SOHR, “their destruction led to huge explosions that lasted for several hours, which caused panic and terror to the people and the flying shrapnel injured civilians.”

Nziv.net also reported that after the attack, “the sounds of ambulances rushing to the attacked site were heard. Confirmed reports confirm that there were casualties at the sites attacked.” In this specific strike, the cultural center was the alleged location of the strikes.

Based on what they identified as reliable sources, the SOHR wrote that the Russian forces had informed the director of the onion factory so that it could be evacuated before the Israeli strikes. According to the SOHR, “the Israeli airstrikes destroyed two of the hangars that were weapons depots, while the third remained, which was rented by a person to manufacture ‘chips’.”

@jamlyyyyy reported that three injured people that were hit by shrapnel were brought to the National Hospital in Salamiya, but the source did not specify whether the victims were civilians. Baladi News also reported three injured but stated that the victims were not identified.

According to Ynet News, an eyewitness told RT: “Everything happened very quickly, it was a matter of seconds. From the moment we heard the sound of the planes until the explosion, seconds, even moments passed. The blow knocked us down as we tried to go up to the second floor to check on the children.”

The regime-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency stated that, according to a military source, Israel targeted several locations in Salamiya and Saboura in Hama governorate at exactly 00:45 AM. The source stated: “As soon as the enemy missiles were discovered, our air defences dealt with them and worked to pursue them and targeted them and shot down a large number of them before [they could] reach their targets, damages were limited to materials.”

@thawraa_syrv posted photos of the cultural centre in the city of Salamiya, writing that it “was which was used by the Iranian militias as their headquarters, the images show its complete destruction as a result of the Israeli raids last night.”

Orient News reported that “activists from Al Salamiya stated that the aerial bombardment of the city was the first of its kind, and affected both the onion factory in the city, a military centre run by Iranian militias in Al Saboura (east of the city), and a military site on an archaeological road, indicating that these places may [have] contained large quantities of arms and ammunition, due to the massive explosions caused by the bombing.”

Orient added: “Although Assad’s media did not report any casualties in the Salamiyah area, activists confirmed that the Salamiyah hospital contained an unknown number of casualties due to the bombing.”

Baladi News wrote that a field source had told Russian press agency Sputnik that it was likely that the shelling came from the Al Tanf area, which is controlled by American forces. Earlier reports indicated that Israeli forces had started to use to base for strikes on the Syrian regime and Iranian militias.

In a special interview with News 13, the commander of the Ramat David base, Colonel III, did not confirm the attack, but agreed to say that “the goal is to reduce the Iranian military presence in Syria and all its elements that threaten the State of Israel.” They added they seven people were killed but did not specify if they were civilians or militants. A tweet from @yonibmen specified that of the seven killed were “5 Iranians and 2 Syrians killed in an Israeli attack in Syria, targets were attacked in the Hamat, a-Sahna and Swida areas in the south”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Translation: “Pictures of the cultural center in the city of Salamiyah, east of Hama, which was used by the Iranian militias as their headquarters, the images show its complete destruction as a result of the Israeli raids last night” (via @thawraa_syrv).
  • Damaged cultural centre in Al Salamiya, which was reportedly used by Iranian militias as a weapon depot, after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24, 2020 (via @thawraa_syrv).
  • Damaged cultural centre in Al Salamiya, which was reportedly used by Iranian militias as a weapon depot, after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24, 2020 (via @thawraa_syrv).
  • Translation: “This is what Israeli planes did to the "onion factory" camp of the Iranian militia in the city of Salamiyah, Hama” (via @baladinetwork).
  • Aftermath of alleged Israeli strikes on Al Salamiya on June 24, 2020 (via @thawraa_syrv).
  • Translation: “The effects of the Israeli aggression on the city of Salamiyah in the countryside of Hama” (via @jouhinanewssy).
  • Damaged onion factory in Al Salamiya, which was reportedly used by Iranian militias as a weapon depot, after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24, 2020 (via @jouhinanewssy).
  • Damaged onion factory in Al Salamiya, which was reportedly used by Iranian militias as a weapon depot, after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24, 2020 (via @jouhinanewssy).
  • Rubble in Al Salamiya after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24, 2020 (via @jouhinanewssy).
  • Aftermath of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al Salamiya on June 24, 2020 (via @jouhinanewssy).
  • Translation: “Targeting a factory where Iranian forces are present, peaceful Syria tonight” (via @doghlas_m).
  • Translation: “Hama – pictures of the destruction due to the Israeli air strikes that targeted Iranian militia sites in the onion plant in the city of Al Salamiyah in the eastern countryside of Hama yesterday” (via @Ahmad_1alshble).
  • Damaged onion factory in Al Salamiya after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24th, 2020 (via @Ahmad_1alshble).
  • Damaged onion factory in Al Salamiya after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24th, 2020 (via @Ahmad_1alshble).
  • Aftermath of alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al Salamiya, June 24th, 2020 (via @Ahmad_1alshble).
  • Damaged onion factory in Al Salamiya after alleged Israeli airstrikes on June 24th, 2020 (via @Ahmad_1alshble).

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Onion Drying Factory (معمل تجفيف البصل) being struck in the city of Al Salamiyah (سلمية‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.013944, 37.065056. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY010

Incident date

April 27, 2020

Location

العادلية, Al Adliya, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.373980, 36.347236 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A woman was killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes on the town of Al Adliya, Damascus countryside, on April 27th, 2020, according to local sources. Other sources stated that civilians died due to remnants of anti-aircraft missiles fired by the Syrian regime.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “three civilians were martyred and others were wounded, as a result of shrapnel of missile fragments on their homes in the Al Adliya and Al Hujayra regions of the southern countryside of Damascus.” The source, however, stated it was not known “whether the shrapnel was caused by Israeli missiles, or by the air defence missiles of the Syrian regime”.

While several sources reported three killed and three injured civilians in both Al Huyajra and Al Adliya, others specified how many casualties fell in each town. Several sources stated that two civilians were killed and three others, including a six-year-old, were injured in a similar incident in the town of Al Huyajra, approximately seven kilometres away from Al Adliya, while a woman was killed in Al Adliya.

Haaretz News quoted local sources as saying that “Four members of a pro-Iran militia and three civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on a Damascus suburb in the early hours of Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Syria’s official news agency SANA earlier reported three civilians had been killed and four injured, including a child.” However, they did not specify which location these casualties occurred.

The regime-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency, for example, wrote that “a woman died in the Al Adliya area as a result of the aggression.”

Shaam News Network, however, reported that the civilians in Al Adliya and Al Hujayra were killed and injured “by shrapnel from remnants of anti-aircraft missiles from the regime’s militias, coinciding with the Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on Iranian militia positions at dawn today, April 27, according to the expectations of identical local sources.”

Shaam furthermore reported, according to local courses, that “eight Israeli airstrikes were carried out by Israeli planes targeting the sites of the regime and Iranian militias in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and its surroundings, at dawn today, without revealing the size of the human and material losses inflicted on the locations of the targeted militias”.

The incident occured at approximately 5:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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, Iranian military

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Damaged building after alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al Hujayra or Al Adliya on April 27th, 2020 (via SANA).
  • Translation: “Three civilians were killed and three others were wounded in the towns of Al Hujayra and Adliya, as a result of the Israeli aggression” (via SANA).
  • Alleged Israeli strikes on a southern Damascus suburb on April 27, 2020. (Image posted by Israel Hayom, attributed to Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Explosions over Damascus during alleged Israeli strike on April 27, 2020. (Image posted by Ynet News)
  • Damage caused by an Israeli strike on April 27, 2020. (Image posted by Ynet News)
  • Alleged Israeli strikes on a southern Damascus suburb on April 27, 2020. (Image posted by Kan News)
  • Alleged Israeli strikes on a southern Damascus suburb on April 27, 2020. (Image posted by Kan News)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Adliya (العادلية), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.373980, 36.347236. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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, Iranian military

Sources (31) [ collapse]