Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R3516

Incident date

May 28, 2019

Location

كفر حلب, Kafar Halab, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two hours before iftar, the town of Kafar Halab was struck by an airstrike, killing ten civilians including three children and two women, according to sources on the ground.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syrian regime fixed-wing warplanes fired missiles on the public road in the middle of Kafar Halab in Aleppo. The Syrian Civil Defense who were at the scene blamed Russia and described that the high-explosive missiles struck the market in the middle of the town.

In a tweet, @so_ria98 reported that Russian warplane committed a “horrific massacre” of eight civilian fatalities and dozens wounded. In a later posts, the source claimed the death toll had risen to ten civilians, most of whom were displaced.

@ShahbaPress initially reported seven civilian deaths including three children, but in a later post the source also reported that the death toll had risen to ten civilians, including three children and two women. The same source reported that seventeen civilians were wounded.

The Syrian Civil Defense claimed that in total 20 civilians were wounded in Aleppo that day, but did not specify the number of wounded civilians in Kafar Halab.

Other sources reported the same number of fatalities.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7–10
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The popular market in the town of Kafar Halab in the countryside of Western Aleppo after it was struck by an airstrike on May 28th (via @ShahbaPress).
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteer putting out a fire caused by an airstrike on Kafar Halab on May 28th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
  • Civil Defense Volunteers at the scene in Kafar Halab where an airstrike allegedly killed a number of civilians on May 28th (via @IdlibPlus).
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    Video at the scene of the main market in the town of Kafar Halab after it was struck by an airstrike on May 28th (via Syrian Civil Defense).
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    Body bags containing the victims of an alleged airstrike on Kafar Halab on May 28th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7–10
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]