Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1151

Incident date

August 16, 2016

Location

الراموسة, Al Ramousa, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1583284, 37.1326297 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to 20 civilians including three children died and as many as dozens more were wounded in air and artillery strikes on a convoy or vehicles or a bus carrying civilians on the al Ramousah road south of the city of Aleppo. It was unclear who was responsible for the event: many sources blamed Russia, though several others pointed to both Russia and the Syrian regime.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory, told AFF that it was unknown whether Russia or regime warplanes were responsible. Another source, @AKslasearNews, added that there had been “hundreds” of helicopter and warplane raids on both al Ramousah and Tareeq al-Bab within hours. The Shaam News Network attributed the event to both Russian and Assad forces, citing air and artillery strikes.

The lowest death count was given as 14 by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who blamed Russia. Other sources put the number killed as high as 20, with Syria News Desk reporting that a “convoy” was struck.

According to Shahed-ayan, “activists reported the martyrdom of 17 people after warplanes targeted a bus carrying them on the road to al Ramousah, south of Aleppo, on Tuesday, August 16. This coincided with heavy artillery shelling by the regime.”

Halab News named 9 victims and also listed eight unknown civilians.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Mohammad Bashir Gul Adult male killed
  • Imran Mohammad Gul Child killed
  • Abdulrahman Mohammad Gul Child killed
  • Firas Dakmeh Age unknown killed
  • Ahmed Al-Mohammad Age unknown killed
  • Mohammed Dakmeh Adult male killed
  • Abu Firas Alnonoo Age unknown killed
  • Hassan Hajj Hussein Age unknown killed
  • Hassan Hassan Al-Sayed 30 years old killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17 – 20
  • (2–3 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]

Media
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    Mohammad Bashir Gul, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Halab News)
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    Imran Mohammad Gul, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Halab News)
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    Abdulrahman Mohammad Gul, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Halab News)
  • Mohammed Dakmeh, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Halab News)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

On August 16th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that,"Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from the “Hamedan” airbase (the Islamic Republic of Iran) and carried out a concentrated airstrike on objects of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib. As a result, the strikes have eliminated 5 large ammunition depots with armament, munitions and fuel, training camps of militants near Serakab, Al-Ghab, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor cities, 3 control centres of militants near the cities Jafra and Deir ez-Zor as well as a significant number of militants. Ammunition depots, training camps and control centres destroyed by the bombing had been used for support of militant groupings near Aleppo."

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
    17 – 20
  • (2–3 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (27) [ collapse]