Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1000

Incident date

July 13, 2016

Location

الرستن‬, Ar-Rastan, Homs, Syria

Geolocation

34.93, 36.74 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to 21 civilians died and as many as 55 more were wounded in a major civilian casualty event in Al Rastan, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were to blame.

Syrian Press Center reported a Russian warplane carried out the raid, using missiles.

However, Qasioun News blamed the regime for the airstrike, calling it a “massacre” in which least 43 people were wounded, “the majority were women and children”.

Al Jazeera also blamed the regime, citing air and artillery strikes. A Civil Defence member who was filming as he rescued blamed the regime as did several other local news sources.

All4Syrian News blamed both Russian warplanes and the Assad regime. They also put the number of civilians killed at 21.

LCCSY reported at the end of the day that “27 martyrs were reported in #Homs most of them were killed during Russian airstrikes on #Rastan.”

The report also claims there were 4 unidentified bodies.

Orient news and SMO Syria placed the number of wounded as high as 50. All4Syria put the numbers slightly lower at over 30. Qasioun reported that the hospitals were full of wounded, creating a chaotic environment. There is video evidence showing a makeshift hospital formed to hold wounded civilians.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Mohammed Adnan Karman Age unknown male killed
  • Hussam Adnan Karman Age unknown killed
  • Ziad Al-Takes Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmad Ayyub Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Mahmood Abbas Age unknown male killed
  • Abdul-Mun’im Al-Shimali Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmad Taktak Age unknown male killed
  • Khaled Fayez Al-Youssef Age unknown killed
  • Mohammed Al-Fares Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Khatib Age unknown male killed
  • Hamza Masharqa Age unknown killed
  • Nada Mohammed Ali Ayoub Age unknown killed
  • Farhan Shah’houd Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 21
  • (3 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–55
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Destruction caused to a local market and residential buildings following and believed to be, joint Russian and Assad regime raid in Al Rastan. 13th July 2016. (via, Syrian Newsdesk).
  • Locals carry a wounded man to safety following a raid on Al Rastan by Russian and the Assad regime. (via, Syrian Newsdesk).
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Rows of dead bodies in Ar Rastan, victims of alleged warplane shelling on the market (Youtube by Arastan Arastan)
  • A cloud of dark smoke rises in Ar Rastan following suspected warplane shelling (via SMO Syria)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between July 1st – 14th 2016.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 21
  • (3 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–55
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (28) [ collapse]