Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents
Infrastructure

Incident Code

RS084

Incident date

October 27, 2015

Location

اللطامنة, Ltamenah, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.3219885, 36.6234398 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A civilian neighbourhood was targeted in Ltamenah – allegedly by Russia – which killed approximately 10 civilians.

According to Shaam “10 civilians (three of them from one family) were killed, and five wounded, as a result of Russian aircraft targeting civilian homes with vacuum missiles.”

Violations Documentation Center later named Khaled Abdulhameed al-Jahem as having died from injuries sustained in the attack.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Khaled Abdulhameed al-Jahem
Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Title: “countryside of Hama - Russian warplanes carry out massacre against civilians 27/10/2015 - terrible scenes.” (via SNN)
  • Khaled Abdulhameed al-Jahem (via VDC)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Military

The Russian Defence Ministry has confirmed carrying out airstrikes in Hama governorate on October 27th-28th 2015: “For 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 71 combat sorties engaging 118 terrorist objects in the Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia provinces.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

USYEM047-C

Incident date

March 9, 2012

Location

المخنق, Al Makhnaq, Al Zahir district, Al Bayda, Yemen

Geolocation

14.0141440, 45.367645 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Ten to 43 suspected militants were reported killed in a drone strike at 9:15pm on al Bayda, Yemen, March 9th, 2012. Yet in interviews, human rights activists and victims’ relatives said “many” of the dead were civilians, not fighters, with at least two named civilian victims and a report of a child killed. As many as 55 people were also wounded. United States officials took responsibility for the strike on April 1st, 2012.

Two alleged civilians were named in a Washington Post report as the brothers of Salim al Barakani.

A late evening airstrike on Bayda by US drones struck a gathering of alleged militants. As many as 34 ‘AQAP militants died including ‘four senior leaders‘ – one named as Hadaar al Homaiqani, a local AQAP leader. Almasdar Online added additional names of those killed: Hadaar al Homaiqani (two cousins ​​with the same name), Abdul-Aziz Al-Barq, Mohsen Mirza, and Ahmed Sharaf, and two belonging to the Al-Qirbi family, and a person called Abdul-Malik (from Sana’a) and another called Samarkand (from Sanaa) and two belonging to the Al-Barakani family, in addition to two from Shabwa governorate and another from Mudiyah, Abyan. Albayan added the names Ali Ahmad al-Barakani, Husayn Ahmad al-Barakani, Ali Taha al-Qirbi, Saleh Taha al-Qirbi, and Muhammad Taha al-Qirbi.

Bayda’s governor claimed “two Pakistanis, two Saudi nationals, and one Syrian and one Iraqi” were among the dead.

A source in the city told Reuters that “Flames and smoke could be seen rising from the area,” while a military official reported that ‘the attack targeted a gathering of Al Qaeda elements and a number of them were killed.’

An AQAP spokesman told Xinhua: “More than two US drones are still striking several posts of al Qaida in three villages outside al Bayda’s central city.” AQAP also released a statement that only 17 of its fighters were killed in al Bayda and no one was injured.

On March 11th, 2012 Al-Bayan stated that eyewitnesses reported that the strikes killed 27 and wounded 55. A tweet from @ElMokhalesTV reported that 43 people were killed. Neither source specified whether the killed or wounded were civilians or belligerents.

On March 11th at 10:31am local time, journalist @ionacraig tweeted that a 13 year-old boy was killed in a “recent US drone strike.” However, it is unclear if he is referencing this strike or the one on March 10th.

On April 1st, 2012 a US official confirmed the attack, with the Los Angeles Times reporting: ‘American missiles soon rained down. The Al Qaeda commander was killed, along with 22 other suspected militants, most of them believed to be young recruits receiving military training, US officials said.’ The strike was reportedly carried out by a JSOC drone.

In May 2012, the Washington Post reported that ‘many civilians’ had died in the attack, according to interviews with victims’ relatives and human rights activists. Two brothers of local businessman Salim al Barakani – one a teacher, the other a cellphone repairman, were among the civilians killed.

Almotamar quoted Brigadier General Ali Aziz Al-Hujaili, commander of the Al-Bayda governorate axis, commander of the 26th Republican Guard Brigade, who said that an air strike, which he described as successful, was launched against the headquarters of terrorist groups of Al Qaeda in the Al-Mukhanq area and in the people of Madbi in Al-Bayda Governorate.

Al Barakani told The Post that after the attack: “Villagers were too afraid to go to the area. Al Qaeda militants took advantage and offered to bury the villagers’ relatives. That made people even more grateful and appreciative of Al Qaeda. Afterwards, Al Qaeda told the people, ‘We will take revenge on your behalf.’ ”

Due to the nature of both CIA and US military involvement in Yemen, and the lack of official acknowledgement by the CIA for their involvement, Airwars grades this event as “declared” due to the comments made by US government sources to media, in lieu of public reporting on CIA actions.

The incident occured at 21:15:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Adult male killed
Adult male killed

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that three villages west of Bayda town were targeted, named Al Makhnaq (or Al Makhzan), Al Dooqi (or Al Dogi or Dhabiah) and Al Mahmdud (or Al Mahmdood). The ‘Jabra area’ in Al Zahir district is also mentioned to have been targeted. The village Al Makhnaq (المخنق) in Al Zahir district in the Bayda governorate is located at these coordinates: 14.0141440, 45.3676450. Airwars was unable to verify the location of the other two villages mentioned, or the ‘Jabra area’.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 10
  • (0–1 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–55
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    US Forces
  • Known target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    10–43
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–55

Sources (48) [ collapse]

US Forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US Forces

On April 1st, a US official confirmed the attack, with the Los Angeles Times reporting: ‘American missiles soon rained down. The al Qaeda commander was killed, along with 22 other suspected militants, most of them believed to be young recruits receiving military training, US officials said.’

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 10
  • (0–1 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–55
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    US Forces
  • Known target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    10–43
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–55

Sources (48) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1318

Incident date

July 13, 2017

Location

مدرسة سيف الدولة, Ar Raqqah: Near Saif Al Dawla school, Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.93955, 39.01868 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Ten civilians died including different generations of the same family in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa.

All sources pointed towards the Coalition carrying out an air or artillery strike. Airwars understands that only the Coalition has access to artillery in Raqqa.

The date has been changed due to further Amnesty field research confirming the date to be July 13th.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, it “managed to document the death of seven citizens. They include a man, two of his sons, his daughter and his grandson, as a result of the strikes carried out by warplanes of the International Coalition.”

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, it was reported that “A double airstrike killed six members of the Shabshoul family and four of their neighbours. The first strike killed Noora Shabshoul and her 1-year-old son and a neighbour. The second strike killed four other family members and three neighbours who had rushed over to rescue the victims of the first Strike.”

Randa, the mother, gave a testimony to Amnesty stating that “We were in our home, 16 of us, the whole family. Didn’t the surveillance planes see that this was a house full of civilians? And why did they bomb again when neighbours came to help after the first bombing?”

The incident occured at 20:30:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

61 years old male husband of interviewee killed
21 years old female daughter of Abdul killed
20 years old male son of Abdul killed
19 years old male son of Abdul killed
15 years old male son of Abdul killed
1 year 10 days old years old male grandson of Abdul killed

Family members (4)

45 years old male neighbours who came to help after first strike killed
20 years old neighbours who came to help after first strike killed
28-30 years old male neighbours who came to help after first strike killed
18 years old male lived in the house opposite, neighbours who came to help after first strike killed

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Building that was destroyed just before the strike on July 6, 2017

    Imagery:
    Amnesty International

  • Building that was destroyed just after the strike on July 19, 2017

    Imagery:
    Amnesty International

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (2 children1 woman7 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Saad al Shabshol, aged one, killed along with several members of his family in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa, August 2nd 2017. (via SN4HR)
  • Abdul Rahman Al-Shibshoul (Abu Aboud Al-Sheikh Fahman), killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 2nd August 2017. (via Hmoud Abu AlAmir posted in Regards of Al - Raqqa Governorate)
  • Victim of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 2nd August 2017. (via Hmoud Abu AlAmir posted in Regards of Al - Raqqa Governorate)
  • Abdelrahman Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
  • AbdulSatter Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
  • Ibrahim Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
  • Noora Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
  • Saad Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
  • Zakaria Ali Rahman Shabshoul (via Amnesty International)
CJTF–OIR Declassified Assessment and Press Release

Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.

The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.

Declassified Assessment Press Release

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV025784
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • May 31, 2018
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 2nd-3rd: “Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, two vehicles, a supply cache, a VBIED, a mortar position, an ISIS UAS site, and a generator.” It additionally reported that “On Aug. 2, near Raqqah, Syria, 20 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, two supply caches, a tactical vehicle, a tunnel, a VBIED factory, and a command and control node.”

UK Military
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Wednesday 2 August – Typhoons destroyed a Daesh strongpoint in Raqqa…Typhoons provided further close air support to the SDF on Wednesday 2 August; they found themselves coming under sustained heavy machine-gun and sniper fire from a building in Raqqa, but were able to pinpoint the Daesh position, allowing our aircraft to attack with a Paveway IV.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (2 children1 woman7 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS1253

Incident date

September 10, 2016

Location

حي بستان القصر, Bustan al Qasr (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.19569, 37.14229 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to ten civilians died and as many as 20 more were wounded in air and artillery strikes on Bustan al Qasr, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were responsible.

According to Shahed-ayan, “warplanes and artillery shelling in Bustan Al-Qaser killed 10 people and wounded others. The civil defense lifted the bodies from the rubble and took the wounded to hospitals.”

Baladi also blamed “warplanes and artillery shelling”, which it said wounded “more than 20” civilians in addition to ten killed.

Syria News Desk reported that “one civilian was killed and three others wounded following a Russian strike using vacuum missiles on Bustan al Qasr neighbourhood.”

The Smart News Agency and LCCSY also pointed to Russia an

Russia has not reported any strikes between September 1st – 30th 2016.

d put the death toll at two.

However, both the Syrian Network for Human Rights and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights attributed the attack to the regime – putting the death count at four and three respectively.

Fouadhallak alleged the culprit was “Russian/Syrian warplanes”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The White Helmet rescue team arrives at the scene in Bustan al Qasr following susepcted Russian warplane shelling (Youtube via CDS)
  • Photographs of civilians under the rubble and material destruction in Bustan al Qasr. The aftermath of alleged Russian warplane shelling (Tweet via @thiqanewsagency)
  • A street in Bustan al Qasr following alleged Russian warplane shelling, the source alleged 10 civilians killed (Tweet via @Fouadhallak89)
  • Further destruction to buildings in the Bustan al Qasr neighbourhood in Aleppo. The impact of suspected Russian warplane shelling (via LCCSY)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Military

Russia has not reported any strikes between September 1st – 30th 2016.

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC035

Incident date

July 8, 2016

Location

عمارة شنيب, Shneib building, Darnah, Libya

Geolocation

32.768776, 22.646323 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between one and 10 civilians died and up to nine more were wounded in alleged LNA airstrikes on residential areas of Derna, local sources said.

Arabi 21 put the death toll at one, reporting that “a civilian was killed and eight wounded on Saturday in an air strike on a plane belonging to retired Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar on the eastern city of Derna. The Al-Karama operation carried out three air strikes on civilian sites in the city, one of which targeted the residential building of Shneib and ambulances transporting the wounded”.

Human Rights Watch also put the death toll at one – with nine more wounded.

However, Ean Libya put the death toll much higher, claiming “at least 10 civilians killed” in “four raids by the Al-Karama air force on residential neighbourhoods, resulting in serious damage to buildings”.

Bombings on that day took place from multiple aircraft near the police station square, the port area and the Shneib building according to the LNA itself – the latter where the civilians most likely were killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Schneib Building (عمارة شنيب) being struck, for which the exact coordinates are: 32.768776, 22.646323.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–9
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: Photos of the bombing of the aircraft of the criminal Haftar for a residential building, police station square and Derna port in the explosive barrel this morning resulted in 7 civilian casualties There is no power but from God (Source: Alrased journalist)

Libyan National Army Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army
  • Libyan National Army position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–9
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS3186

Incident date

March 7, 2018

Location

كفر بطنا, Kafar Batna, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.511853, 36.372857 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between seven and ten civilians were killed in airstrikes on the residential neighbourhood of Kafar Batna, local media reported. Sources were contested as to which belligerent was to blame, with some blaming Russia while others blamed the Syrian regime.

Barrel bombs were dropped onto the vicinity in conjunction with heavy shelling, according to @SiegeWatch.

Sources reported that dozens were wounded, with one source putting the toll as high as 30.

Violations Documentation Centre published a list of ten unidentified adult male civilians.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • (10 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–30
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • (10 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–30
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS2662

Incident date

October 29, 2017

Location

الحميدية, Hamidiya, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.3301466, 40.1456308 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between seven and ten civilians were killed – including two children, a woman and two men, and “dozens” more were injured, following airstrikes on Hamidiya. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame. Most blamed Russian warplanes, however one blamed the Syrian regime, and another reported that Russian and “other planes” bombed the vicinity.

The bombing was described by local media as resulting in a “massacre”, which allegedly occurred after midnight on the early hours of the 30th, however Airwars cannot be sure on the precise date of the strike.

DeirEzzor24 reported that “Russia and other planes committed a horrific massacre on Sunday in the city of Deir Ezzor, in which seven martyrs were killed and dozens were wounded.” Additionally, it reported that “the warplane launched two missile attacks on the neighbourhood” and that “the number of martyrs is expected to increase, because of the presence of civilians under the rubble, after the collapse of a building in the neighbourhood”.

According to sources, there was a severe shortage in medical supplies in the vicinity.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Adult male Nicknamed (Saddam Al Dahim) killed
Age unknown male (Abu Mamdouh) killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • (2 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime, Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Saddam Khalid al-Dahim, killed in an airstrike on Hamidiya, 29th October 2017. (via @EuphratesPost)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Hamidiya, 29th October 2017. (via DeirEzzor24)
  • Hussein Khaled al Daheim, killed in an airstrike on Hamidiya, 29th October 2017. (via SN4HR)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • (2 children1 woman1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime, Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RS385

Incident date

January 13, 2016

Location

تادف, Tadif, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.34857, 37.531501 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Six to ten civilians were killed – and several others injured – in alleged Russian airstrikes on Tadif, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights and others.

The Network initially reported that five non-combatants died, but a second report put the figure at six.

Syria Newsdesk said the event featured a so-called ‘double tap’ strike: “According to activist Abu al-Halabi, the Russian air force targeted a popular market in the city of Tadif under the control of the organisation of the Islamic State which led to a dozen civilian dead and injured who were taken to field hospitals. Halabi confirmed that Russian warplanes targeted civilians and ambulance crews who had gathered to rescue the victims of the first raid, a second raid caused the occurrence of more victims, as he put it.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed
Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed

The victims were named as:

Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed
Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed
Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed
Adult male died “due to Russian air forces shelling of a market“: killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • A news bulletin describing the incident on 13th January 2016 in Tadif. (via, Al Jisir TV)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Military

Russia has not reported any strikes between 11-15 January.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]