Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1004

Incident date

July 14, 2016

Location

كفر حمرة, Kafr Hamra, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.255362, 37.087714 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

The only surviving hospital in Kafr Hamra was struck and put out of service in alleged airstrikes by Russian and Syrian regime warplanes, which also reportedly killed up to ten civilians and wounded 20 more. Local news sources called the building Al Balad, and claimed it was a makeshift hospital, but the last remaining one in the neighbourhood. Syrian Network for Human Rights wrote a report titled “No less than 59 medical centres have been struck by Russian forces since its intervention in Syria.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that there were “intense airstrikes” and described it as a “heavy bombardment”. Furthermore, “warplanes and helicopters bombed areas in the town with more than 15 airstrikes, accompanied with shelling by the regime forces using rockets and artillery shells”.

Almost all reports blamed Russia, however, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian for the attack.

Enab Baladi reported that the Russian aviation used 25 barrel bombs, 40 missiles, multiple cluster bombs and more than 150 artillery shells. It went on to report that 10 civilians were killed, including a paramedic and Shahba Press journalist, who was covering the Russian airstrikes in the area.

Shahba News said that there were five raids on Kafr Hamra. Thiqa, however, put the number of strikes as high as 10.

Ara News reported than there were seven civilian casualties as did the White Helmets.

Qasioun News reported that more than 20 were wounded, with many trapped under rubble for a period of time while the Civil Defence attempted to rescue them.

Three of the dead were reportedly members of staff at the makeshift hospital.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Khaled Rajo 50 years old male an ambulance driver killed
  • Mahmood Jamal Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammed Taha Al-Ash Age unknown male killed
  • Abudllah Ghannam 28 years old male journalist for Shahbah killed
  • Mays Mohammed Abdur-Rahman 7 years old killed
  • Yassin Al-Ban’na 50 years old killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Inside the hospital which was targeted and made out of use in Russian and Assad regime shelling on Kafr Hamra. 14th July 2016. (via Thiqa News Agency).
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    Graphic footage of a young man seriously wounded recieving treatment from The White Helmets (Youtube via Thiqa)
  • A building partly demolished due to alleged Russian shelling in Kafr Hamra (via Enab Baladi)
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    The White Helmet rescue mission in Kafr Hamra, following the alleged attack on the last hospital in the area (Youtube via The White Helmets)
  • A street in Kafr Hamra in which Russian warplanes allegedly attacked resulting in significant civilian harm (via Qasioun)
  • A burnt out vehicle in Kafr Hamra, the aftermath of suspected Russian shelling (via Baladi)
  • The media activist, Abdullah Ghannam, killed in alleged strikes on Kafr Hamra (via SHRC)
  • The destruction caused by alleged warplane attacks on the last standing hospital in Kafr Hamra (Tweet by @thiqanewsagency)
  • The media activist, Abdullah Mohammed Ghannamm, died due to warplanes shelling in Kafr Hamra (Tweet via @Omaralsry614) [Page no longer available - Accessed via Airwars archive]
  • The media activist, Abdullah Ghannam died whilst reporting on Russian warplane shelling in Kafr Hamra (Tweet via @maraei_Halabi) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Smoke rises above Kafr Hamra, the last hospital allegedly struck by Russian warplanes (Tweet by @zakarainassani)
  • Footage of Kafr Hamra, demolished by alleged Russian and Regime warplanes (Youtube by Akhbar Al’Alam)
  • A SN4HR report - ‘no less than 59 medical centers have been targeted by Russian forces since its intervention in Syria.” (PDF via SN4HR) [English]

  • SN4HR report - ‘no less than 59 medical centers have been targeted by Russian forces since its intervention in Syria.” (PDF via SN4HR) [Arabic]

  • A reporter reveals the damage in Kafr Hamra following the alleged Russian and Regime airstrikes on the makeshift hospital (Youtube via SN4HR)
  • The last hospital in Kafr Hamra allegedly stuck by a Russian and Regime offensive (via Thiqa)
  • A room in the hospital in Kafr Hamra reportedly struck by warplanes (via Thiqa)
  • A row of beds in the hospital now covered in dust following alleged warplane attacks (via Thiqa)

Unknown Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Unknown

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
    6 – 10
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (35) [ collapse]