Hass refugee camp bombing

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Hass refugee camp bombing
Hass compound airstrike
Part of Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War
Location of Hass in Syria
LocationHass, Idlib Governorate, Syria
Coordinates35°37′N 36°35′E / 35.617°N 36.583°E / 35.617; 36.583
Date16 August 2019; 5 months ago (2019-08-16) (local time)
Targetrefugee camp
Attack type
WeaponsAerial bombs
Perpetrators Russian Air Force

The Hass refugee camp bombing was a war crime through an aerial bombardment of a refugee camp in the Syrian opposition-held town of Hass in the Idlib Governorate of Syria, perpetrated on 16 August 2019, during the Syrian Civil War. The bombings killed 20 civilians, including a pregnant woman, and injured another 52 people.[1]

The refugee camp was located outside the town, eight miles from the nearest front line, and there were no military targets nearby. Later analysis confirmed that the bombing was perpetrated by a bomber jet of the Russian Federation.[2] The blast collapsed a row of buildings around the courtyard of the camp.[2]

It was part of a wider Syrian military campaign against Idlib in 2019. Human Rights Watch released a statement saying that "under international law, deliberate or reckless attacks against civilians and civilian objects committed with criminal intent are war crimes".[3]

France condemned the air strike on the refugee camp and called for the cessation of hostilities.[4]

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  1. ^ "Syria-Russia Attack on Refuge an Apparent War Crime". Human Rights Watch. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Malachy Browne, Christiaan Triebert, Evan Hill and Dmitriy Khavin (1 December 2019). "A Civilian Camp in Syria Was Bombed. Here's How We Traced the Culprit". New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Russia Should Be Held Accountable for Any War Crimes in Syria". Human Rights Watch. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Syria – Air strikes on a camp for displaced people (16 August 2019)". diplomatie.gouv.fr. Retrieved 15 January 2020.