Reports estimated that between eight and 10 civilians were killed and an additional five to 13 more wounded, including two children, in airstrikes on Bazza square in Old Aleppo, according to local media. The majority of sources blamed the regime for the event, though one blamed Russia and a significant number of others didn’t identify the culprit.
According to Syrian Press Centre, the airstrikes struck a gathering of civilians in Bazza Square in the Maadi district of old Aleppo.
Most reports put the death toll at eight, though Smart said that as many as 10 had died. Many reported noted that the death count was likely to rise as the civil defence were still attempting to remove bodies from the rubble.
Aksalser, Baladi and Radio Al Kull all blamed the regime. An initial report by LCCSY pointed to Russia; however, a subsequent tweet appeared to blame the regime.
Halab News also identified an unknown civilian.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Ahmed Al Sayed 34 years old named by Halab News killed
- Ayman Hayani 20 years old named by Halab News killed
- Ola Khoka 38 years old named by Halab News killed
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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.