Seven civilians were killed and as many as dozens more were wounded in an airstrike on Al Dana, local media reported. Sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime. LCCSY put the death toll at 11.
Many sources attributed the airstrikes to regime planes, including Baladi, the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Nabdsyria. However, some other reports, such as @Daretezzmedia and LCCSY said that Russia was responsible.
Ara News, also blaming Russia, reported that “five airstrikes led to a massacre of more than 12 people dead, with dozens wounded, mostly women and children. This was the initial death count, and the civil defence were still pulling bodies out of the rubble”.
Images posted by various media outlets showed extensive material damage. Zamanalwasl noted that the airstrikes struck densely populated residential area, which was why the casualties were high.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Mustafa Abdel Wahab Adult male identified by LCCSY killed
- Abdel Qader Mustafa Abdel Wahab Adult female identified by LCCSY killed
- Child of Mustafa Abdel Wahab Child identified by All4Syria killed
Family members (2)
- Hanadi Al-Jaro Age unknown identified by LCCSY killed
- Islam Al-Jaro Age unknown identified by LCCSY killed
- Mustafa Sina Hazina Age unknown identified by LCCSY killed
- Ahmad Abo Habla Age unknown identified by LCCSY killed
Sources (26) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the town of Al Dana (الدانا), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.218763,36.768638. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
On August 11th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that, "six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off from the territory of the Russian Federation and carried out concentrated strikes with high-explosive fragmentation munitions on objects of the ISIS terrorist grouping located to the south-east, north, and north-west regions from the Raqqah city. A large weaponry, ammunition and POL storage located near the Raqqah city, a plant producing chemical munitions located in the north-western suburbs of the city, and a large ISIS terrorists’ training camp have been destroyed by the aviation strike." Further to this they added that "Terrorists have suffered significant material damage. A lot of insurgents have been eliminated." According to the report the bombers took off from Hmeymim airbase.